“Could the crisis help media freedom in Greece ?”

first_img News September 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Could the crisis help media freedom in Greece ?” GreeceEurope – Central Asia Open publication – Free publishing – More greece The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom RSF_en News Photo credits : Thomas Lacobi June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Greece GreeceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU April 29, 2021 Find out more Reports to go further Related documents Download the report (greek)PDF – 393.32 KBDownload the report (english)PDF – 5.44 MB Reporters Without Borders visited Athens from 27 July to 3 August to investigate in a report the recent decline in media freedom in Greece, a country that continues to worry its European partners. Greece has fallen three years in a row in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, from 31st in 2008 to 70th in 2010, level with its neighbour Bulgaria. The fall has been due to practices that are both surprising and unacceptable in a European Union member.The economic and financial crisis has contributed to this decline and has above all highlighted the weaknesses of Greece’s media and its almost mafia-like practices. Owned by a few big businessmen and shipping-line owners, most of the media companies are nowadays threatened with collapse, which would set of a wave of dismissals in a profession already suffering from poor pay and conditions.The blogosphere offers a freer space for expression and a temporary antidote to the self-censorship that is becoming more and more widespread in the traditional media. But the Internet does not offer an economically viable alternative that could help reverse the disastrous practices that have taken hold in the past two decades.Against the backdrop of street violence, a very deep crisis of confidence has developed between the media and public. Seen either as louts or well-off brats, journalists are often identified with the now despised political class. Many now fear physical violence and some use protection. The targets of smear campaigns that mix sarcastic slogans with death threats, journalists now think twice about going out on to the streets to report. Stelios Kouloglou, long the symbol of investigative journalism, is now the victim of a defamatory poster campaign. His crime? Laying off staff at his Web TV station because it ran into financial problems.Although less exposed than their Greek colleagues, foreign reporters based in Greece recognize that they face problems that are unusual in a European Union member. But they prefer to be discreet on the subject because, like their Greek colleagues, they fear the possibility of reprisals or violence.The impact of the crisis has radicalized a sector of the population, which expresses its anger and frustration in increasingly violent demonstrations. Photographers and cameramen are more and more at risk as they encounter situations akin to civil war in the course of trying to cover the activities of these grass-roots movements. Caught between the violence of the extremist movements and the violence of anti-riot police who show little respect for their professional status, photographers are paying a high price for the coverage they give us.No journalists were upbeat about the consequences of the austerity plans and cuts, but Reporters Without Borders found that most of the ones it interviewed regarded the economic crisis as a chance for the media to break with the patronage system that has prevailed since the 1980s. Could the crisis help advance the cause of media freedom in Greece? News February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Villa fans call for quick sale

first_img After eight years at the helm, Lerner announced on Monday he was now looking to sell up, believing it time to seek “fresh, invigorated leadership”. After purchasing Villa for £62.6million from Doug Ellis in 2006, it is understood Lerner has slapped a price tag of around £200m on the club, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch appointed to organise the sale. Aston Villa fans have called on owner Randy Lerner to orchestrate a quick sale, but to also ensure the new buyer has the club’s best interests at heart. Press Associationcenter_img For now Villa, along with manager Paul Lambert, are in limbo. It is why fans behind the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust (AVST) are anxious for Lerner to swiftly move on in order for the club to plan for next season and beyond. A statement from AVST read: “We would like to place on record our gratitude for all he (Lerner) has done with regards to the infrastructure of the club and his significant investment in Aston Villa over the past eight years. “AVST wish Mr Lerner the very best in his future endeavours. We are sure all Villa supporters appreciate the great respect he has shown for the club’s traditions and heritage during his time here. “We are also sure that, with this in mind, he will make it a consideration of the utmost importance that these traditions should continue to be respected by whomever he passes his custodianship to. “We would ask the sale is completed as quickly as possible in order that the new owner can put his team in place, and make the required changes to ensure Aston Villa become a competitive force on the field again.” last_img read more