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Government Unveils Online Media Register With Basic Details of News Websites

An online media register that will include the basic details of news websites was unveiled by the State Minister Nikos Pappas on Tuesday, as part of the company’s efforts to increase transparency in the sector.
According to the law, websites will be given a three-month grace period to register their legal status, number of employees, detailed shareholder information and the tax office they fall under. To be included, the company will have to be based in Greece. Registering is not obligatory, but if they don’t, they will be banned from receiving funding through state advertising.
“In our country, where media have been accused of opacity and articles are reproduced without the reporter’s name, it is our belief that the Internet should operate based on regulated framework of transparency; this proves we take seriously online news,” Pappas said in a joint press conference with government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili and the general secretary of information, Lefteris Kretsos.
“The government’s intention is transparency and compliance with the rules of the television landscape,” Gerovasili said.
Source: ANA MPA

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