OPINION

Greece?s media in crisis

Greece?s debt crisis has also taken a hefty toll on the news media in this country.

One of the reasons for this is that there are simply too many newspapers, radio stations and television channels seeking to secure what is a relatively small audience. Another is that many of these media companies have in fact managed to make it up to now thanks to considerable and less-than-transparent support from the state.

The sector needs to be reformed. But it also needs institutional support, especially for the unemployed whose numbers are constantly growing.

At the same time, it must be made clear that news organizations will not enjoy preferential treatment compared to thousands of other private companies which the economic crisis has pushed to the verge of disaster.

Certain media groups are demanding that banks break the law and that the public sector gives them support with taxpayers? money. These blackmail tactics must cease.