Journalists’ union slams tender for TV permits


The Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) has slammed a government auction for four private nationwide TV licenses describing the controversial procedure as a “poorly-staged reality show.”

“The right to information is being sold to the highest bidder,” the union said in a statement late Tuesday adding that the tender will lead to further job losses in the crisis-hit sector.

Leftist officials have portrayed the process launched Tuesday as a bid to streamline Greece’s dysfunctional media landscape. Critics say it is a thinly disguised attempt to control it.