OPINION

All parties have right to airtime

It makes no sense whatsoever to ban the country’s numerous political parties from airing television advertisements during a campaign period. Provided that there are no unanswered questions regarding the source their finances, any new party in the running should be given the same opportunity to advertise itself – as well as its views and stances on the many issues important to Greece’s citizens – on our screens, regardless of its viability. The ban demonstrates that a section of the country’s political establishment wants to perpetuate the status quo and close the door on any possible new political formations or alignments. Whether the percentages that they will receive after the votes have been cast are low, is entirely irrelevant in relation to their right for publicity on the country’s TV screens. What is important in this matter is that every self-respecting democracy should treat all political candidates the same way, regardless of how large or small they may be.