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Greek Media Strike: Journalists Were Heard

By Helen George
Dimitris Trimis, President of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers, commenting on the all media strike in Greece on May 28, expressed his frustration over SKAI’s live taped shows.
“On Monday May 28, there were no newspapers published, no news bulletins or news programs broadcasted. With the exception of a first time ever patent fabricated by private TV “SKAI” of Giannis Alafouzos’ ownership,” said Trimis.
The station broadcasted as “live” previously recorded news bulletins, despite the JUADN disagreement. The JUADN strike instructions specify in particular “there will be no news bulletin, journalistic or news information broadcasts in the country or abroad. Same holds for information and entertainment content shows produced by the Greek Public Broadcasting or private radio or TV stations, as well as for the colleagues who work for those emissions. In all cases there will be no previously recorded or taped televised emissions.”
“Colleagues have realized that pressures they undertake under the pretext of the overall economic crisis, to abolish all Collective Work Agreements and accept personal contracts with lower earnings, have devastating effects on each one individually as well as for all and irrevocably harm the quality of our work.”
Journalists and media workers will continue their common struggle to defend quality in the public opinion’s news information, media pluralism and professional journalism being indispensable preconditions of democracy. According to International Federation of Journalists IFJ, in which the JUADN is a member, “There can be no Press freedom if journalists exist in condition of corruption, poverty or fear.”

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