A costly silence

COMMENT

The Greek media sector is facing an unprecedented crisis. The collapse of the country’s economy from 2009 to the present has reduced media revenues and highlighted the accumulated ills of a past era of irrational prosperity. Unfortunately, the government is solely interested in controlling information through the introduction of unprecedented restrictions and legislation belonging to the Stone Age.

Social security reforms, some of which had been overdue for a while, will again lead to severe malfunctions in a sector which is already being put to the test.

On top of it all, a portion of the sector’s union leadership is still operating as if nothing has changed, in the belief that rolling strikes will solve the problem. Not only will these not solve the problem, but they will bury newspapers, information and the entire sector once and for all.

Besides, no one benefits from the mandatory silence, with the possible exception of the current government. Public opinion is being left uninformed at a very crucial point, while an entire sector stands to re-emerge even smaller, with its employees paying the price.

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