CULTURE

Chinese journalists at Kathimerini

Chinese journalists visiting Athens and Thessaloniki came to the offices of Kathimerini last Thursday as part of an exchange between the two countries’ media. Waiting for them in the George Vlachos Hall was the Chinese Chargé d’Aff aires, Zhao Yali, who speaks perfect Greek. There to receive them was Editorial Director Antonis Karakousis and Editor in Chief Christos Panagopoulos of Kathimerini, editor of Kathimerini’s English Edition Nikos Konstandaras, among other senior staff members, along with board member Martha Dertili. Visitors included the director and editor-in-chief of the Tienshin daily (daily circulation 460,000) in China’s third largest city of the same name with a population of 10 million. After the meeting, the guests were driven off in time to watch the sunset at Sounion, accompanied by Marina Zakynthinaki and Katerina Tzira of the Press Ministry. Their visit also took in the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art, where they were received by Press Undersecretary Telemachos Hytiris, the Athens Journalists’ Union and state radio and television stations. In Thessaloniki, apart from media facilities, they will visit Vergina and take a cruise around the base of Mt. Athos. Ministry officials also decided that European Union funds, set aside to help employees in need after the September 1999 earthquake which hit several Athens enterprises, and which had not been fully utilized, could be used in employment-boosting programs.