The public has a right to the news

Kathimerini, like every other daily newspaper in the country, will be unable to inform its readers as it should today of the outcome of a crucial late-night vote in Parliament yesterday on the government’s social security reform bill. It will also not be in circulation tomorrow to cover news of the protest rallies held in Athens and around Greece. The reason why Kathimerini and other newspapers will not be able to perform their duty is the irrational insistence of the labor groups representing journalists to strike at the same time as other sectors when these sectors announce a general strike. The result of this policy is that citizens are not informed about very important developments but also that the protest movements of workers do not receive any significant coverage. This kind of policy has no place in this day and age. It is pointless and serves no purpose other than entertaining the foibles of certain unionists and putting those above the public’s right to be informed by the country’s press.

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