The foreign media unfortunately often give a distorted, quite negative impression of what is going on in this country.
The way in which the majority of international journalists chose to cover Tuesday?s demonstrations in the Greek capital was yet another uncomfortable example of that politically damaging trend.
Despite the presence of a very small number of rowdy protesters in what was otherwise a peaceful rally, the image was that of a city which had surrendered to violence and chaos.
Some correspondents could be seen reporting the news of the protests against the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing gas masks, as if they were transmitting live from the war zone.
A bit more self-control and less sensationalism would be advisable.
It would also provide a more objective view of what is going on in the debt-hit nation, something that both the government in Athens and the people desperately need at the moment.