Today's update , June 22, 2015
Press, Lies & Spies on unique"taylor made"Information War
in Greece March, 2014
1 million euros bail for former Pasok Secretary for violation of top secret National Intelligence
reports Michalis Karhimakis, a former MP and party secretary of the socialist Pasok party is free on a whopping one million euro bail and has been barred from leaving the country after being slapped with felony charges for violating state secrets. More, by crashonline.eu
Take a look on this photo and keep notes! Michael Kahrimakis(left) in 2010, sharing a joyful greeting with the ex Minister of "Infrastructures and
Networks", Dimitris Reppas(left), for whom his office
was recruited under Georges'
Papandreou government in2011. Reppas was the central role Press Minister
(25.09.1996 - 24.10.2001) of Kostas Simitis gov. A month before Simitis' government
expired, the first bomb for Press Informations' manipulation in Greece leaked to light: 275 active in the media greek journalists were payed by the National Intelligence Agency's payroll. Until then, Greeks still were convinced by the power of free journalism that was supposed to tell them the truth..
Samaras' spokesman (on the role of the ex-ministers of Press, without naming it) responsible for the
handcoughs on Press Simos Kedikoglou
now expelled from the Journalist's Union.
But so, what ?
In June, after ERT’s closure, an appeal to immediately reactivate the Greek public broadcaster was issued by the International Federation of Journalists, which represents 180 journalists’ unions globally.
Kedikoglou was especially vitriolic in repeated public statements about what he called a “sinful ERT”, though he had worked at the public broadcaster years before.
Though the government charged that ERT had operated as a hotbed of political patronage – something both socialist Pasok and New Democracy were accused of over the years – critics charged that Kedikoglou himself had engaged in numerous patronage hirings.
News directors over the yearw were hand picked by successive governments, which/ as critics charged routinely intervened in editorial decisions and the political line of the state-controlled media outlet, though it was nominally autonomous. More, by crashonline
there is a
Human Rights Report
for the Press Freedom
Press Freedoms, 2013, GreeceIndependent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views. The law permits any prosecutor to order the seizure of publications that insult the president, offend any religion, contain obscenity, advocate for the violent
overthrow of the political system, or disclose military secrets.
In April police reportedly threatened to sue two photojournalists for taking photographs of the officers during a demonstration against censorship outside Athens University. The officers detained the photojournalists and brought them to a police station.
In May unidentified perpetrators threw threatening leaflets outside of the Eleftherotypia newspaper offices, threatening a journalist for her report on scare tactics used by some shop owners to intimidate area residents. The journalist also received telephone calls and e-mails from unknown individuals threatening her against visiting the area again and urging her to end her investigations.
On June 11, as part of structural reform initiatives in the public sector, the prime minister
announced the closure of state broadcaster Radio and Television (ERT), suspending nearly 2,700 employees. Some local politicians, journalists, and trade unions, as well as international rights organizations such as AI and the Hellenic League for Human Rights, opposed the sudden closure. ERT staff subsequently took over the station’s headquarters and continued to broadcast, with help from the European Broadcasting Union. The Council of State ruled that ERT’s shutdown
was within the state’s rights but the government should reestablish public broadcasts in some form as soon as possible. National public television went back on air on July 10 as Public Television and was scheduled to continue until the new state broadcasting entity New Hellenic Radio Internet Television became operational in 2014., More...
Freedom of Press Wanted officially:
handcuffs on Press
"Greece's ERT TV station
symbolises what is happening to the country", is the Guardian's article, adding that "The closure of the state broadcaster by the coalition government is symptomatic of the brutal austerity being inflicted"....
November 12 Guardian, more
Go to our Show me Democracy Page
On the day before Tsipras government ...
British socialist Kevin Ovenden, writing from Athens, reported that riot police were deployed to the ERT headquarters on election night to prevent a re-occupation of the station's main facilities
Tsipras to Samaras, June 2013,for ERT closure:
"You sent midnight the Police in the National television , you are going to do the same in the citizens' homes ....".
Read a detailed article chronicles the shutdown of ERT, the protests which have followed, the unprecedented discussion of social and political issues that the shutdown of ERT has spurred, and the actions of an increasingly authoritarian political regime in Greece. find that
Finally, the "shock and awe" created by the sudden shutdown of ERT serves as a tremendous distraction from the latest embarrassing failures of the government, including the recent failure to sell Greece's natural gas utility, DEPA, to Gazprom, and the potential collapse of the sale of the national lottery, OPAP, to Greek and foreign investors. These failures came just a few days after Samaras proclaimed that Greece had turned the corner and become a "success story." A successful attempt to shut down ERT, however, would provide a precedent and also the political momentum that would allow the Greek government to swiftly proceed forward with the planned privatizations of vital Greek utilities, including the water and electric utilities, airports, harbors, and other valuable assets. more
The hostility has extended to any media outlets that have not parroted the government line, as well as independent bloggers, activists, and photojournalists. There have been numerous instances of journalists who have been beaten and assaulted by police and security forces at protests and rallies, while the arrest, trial, and ongoing retrial of investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis for violating "privacy laws" as a result of his publication of the so-called Lagarde list of alleged Greek tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts, has made global headlines.more
success story of Mr. Samaras,
go to the
How we got here Special Page