Med region journalists visit Greece

A group of 18 journalists from countries of southern Europe and the Mediterranean visited Kathimerini’s offices in Athens yesterday, as part of a trip to Greece organized by the Press Ministry as part of the country’s EU presidency. The visit by a total of 31 journalists from 16 countries began on Sunday and ends next Sunday. They are taking part in a seminar on «The Mediterranean and the EU: The Role of the Mass Media.» Participants are from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Italy, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The issues on the seminar’s agenda include the Greek EU presidency and the Euromed prospects; European security and security in the eastern Mediterranean; conflict prevention; civil society; the dialogue of cultures; EU immigration policy; and Greek policies toward immigrants. The seminar was planned in relation to the ministerial meeting of the Euromed cooperation that was held during the Greek presidency on May 26-27 and ahead of the one that will be held during the Italian presidency in the next six months. The visitors to Kathimerini met with Seraphim Constantinidis, editor of the financial section, and Nikos Konstandaras, editor of the English Edition, who briefed them on the functioning of the news media in Greece. The subjects included the newspaper market, circulation, advertising, the growing number of supplements in the Greek press, Kathimerini’s cooperation with the International Herald Tribune in creating Kathimerini English Edition, the ensuing influence that the paper has gained by having a widely read edition both in print and on the Internet, the cooperation of other newspapers which have formed partnerships with the IHT and have created the newsletter service, labor issues in the Greek media, and so on. The lively discussion also touched on political developments in Greece. The visiting journalists will also visit ancient sites and the island of Syros.

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