Proto Thema
Typeweekly newspaper
Founder(s)Themos Anastasiadis
PublisherTassos Karamitsos
Staff writers500-600
Founded2005 (2005)
Political alignmentConservative Liberalism, Pro-New Democracy
Circulation400,000 (2007)

Proto Thema (Greek: Πρώτο Θέμα, pronounced [ˌproto ˈθema] English: Lead Story) is a Greek newspaper, published every Sunday. It was founded in 2005 by Themos Anastasiadis, Makis Triantafyllopoulos, and Tassos Karamitsos.

Proto Thema has repeatedly achieved sales of over 400,000 and has become the greatest success story in the history of Greek media. Throughout its era with Themos Anastasiadis as publisher Thema was the best-known, most influential and the biggest Greek newspaper.[citation needed] As of 2006, it frequently led the chart of top-selling Sunday newspapers, ahead of To Vima and Eleftherotypia.[citation needed] Proto Thema A.E. the company the publishes the newspaper also owns several websites, magazines and a radio station. Additionally, it is important to mention that Thema is the only Greek newspaper with low borrowing and high profitability.

In late December 2005, the newspaper broke the story of an alleged coverup by the Greek government of torture of Pakistani terrorist suspects.[1][2]

Triantafyllopoulos left the newspaper after a disagreement with his partners related to Zachopoulos (minister in Kostas Karamanlis government) sex scandal.

The newspaper has been widely being criticised of being closely affiliated and/or even getting funded through third-party sources with the New Democracy political party and supporting the current Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.[citation needed] The newspaper was also linked to the spread of certain fake news.[3]

The newspaper reportedly harassed Ingeborg Beugel, a Dutch journalist, by releasing her address to the public.[4]

After the death of Themos Anastasiadis the newspaper was taken over by a new publisher Tassos Karamitsos.


  1. ^ "Greece urged to investigate MI6 torture link". 28 December 2005.
  2. ^ "Greek newspaper names 'MI6 chief'". 27 December 2005.
  3. ^ "Fake News: Scientists Did NOT Discover DNA Proving Original Native Americans Were White | Lead Stories". Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  4. ^ "In Greece, journalists feel the squeeze". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2022-01-18. The biggest tabloid in the country, Proto Thema, published her address and details about her life.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)