The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today expressed its concern over the deterioration noted in Greece’s print media, especially at a time when the need for credibility in the press is more urgent than ever.
“We call on Greek national and local authorities as well as media owners to make their utmost to guarantee the existence of viable journalism in Greece” said the EFJ President Arne König.
Aside from the complete deregulation of labor relations, it is alarming to see newspapers with a long-standing presence in the field on the brink of closure. The most characteristic examples are the Athens daily Eleftherotypia and the Thessaloniki dailyMacedonia. Eleftherotypia is inexorably linked with the country’s post-dictatorship history, having expressed with consistency and intensity the country’s progressive voices. Macedonia has just marked its hundredth anniversary, a paper that single-handedly manifests the history of press in Northern Greece. And yet, journalists at both of these papers have remain unpaid for the past four months, while their publishers seem incapable of handling the weight of responsibility carried by the possession of such significant titles.
“The crisis cannot excuse blatant situations such as unpaid journalists for several months. Publishers’ duty to preserve and sustain such historic newspapers is not only owed to the journalists, it’s behooved of them by the public good of information to citizen as the country is amidst its worse crisis since decades”, said König.
The EFJ supports its affiliates, the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspaper and the Journalists’ Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspaper in their opposition to the closures. Their struggle coincides with demonstrations which are taking place across the country to commemorate the repression of students’ uprising by the military junta on 17 November 1973.
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