Greek journalists are now under severe pressure as Hot doc magazine editor is jailed in Greece and two journalists (Kostas Arvanitis and Marilena Katsimi) are fired by the Greek public television organization (ERT) because they analyzed claims in a Guardian’s article on tortures that allegedly took place at a police station against Anti Facist protestors.Journalism means publishing something that others are trying to hide. Everything else is public relations
The rise of Fascist support in Greece is well documented. Commentators put this down to a combination of gradual permeation of public consciousness over a twenty year period and pauperization of a large part of the society through political failure and austerity.GREEK officials were accused of employing the tactics of persecution yesterday as a magazine editor faced court for publishing a list of alleged tax evaders and two high-profile journalists were fired from the state broadcaster.
Costas Vaxevanis, editor of the Hot Doc weekly, was ordered to answer charges on breaching privacy laws a day after he was arrested for publishing a list of more than 2000 Greeks said to hold bank accounts in a Swiss branch of HSBC.
The clash between the government and the press appeared to be nearing a crisis with a strike due to start on Tuesday on state television over the suspension of two popular presenters for mild criticism of a minister.
The state-run broadcaster announced the dismissal of Kostas Arvantitis and Marilena Katsimi after the morning news presenters discussed neo-Nazi infiltration of the police on air.
Mr Vaxevanis hit out at the rush to bring charges that could see him sentenced to two years in prison while the government has failed to pursue intelligence on tax dodgers.
Is this crackdown on press freedom another symptom of a possible slow withering up of free speech in Greece and perhaps Europe or is the very fact that today I'm writing this here today evidence that free speech in the internet age is guaranteed to filter through despite any efforts at a 'crackdown'?
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