World Press Freedom Index: Greece has fallen

Greece is the EU country with the lowest ranking in press freedom, according to the annual Global Press Freedom Index published on Tuesday.

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Greece has replaced Bulgaria as the EU nation with the worst performance and is now ranked 108th - up from 70th in the 2021 index - in a list of 180 countries compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

Although the worst countries violating press freedom are outside the EU - China, Belarus, Russia, Iran, Myanmar and North Korea - several European countries have also been downgraded, such as the Netherlands (22 places down compared to last year), Slovenia (bottom 18), Italy (bottom 17), Slovenia (bottom 18), Austria (bottom 14) and Belgium (bottom 12).

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Greece is on a list of countries such as Slovenia, Poland and Hungary that use draconian laws against journalists, the report said. Athens passed a new law last year that makes it a crime for citizens to spread "false information" and is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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The report also states that those responsible for the murders of journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Ján Kuciak in Slovakia have not yet been convicted. In Greece, authorities failed to investigate the murder of Greek journalist George Karaivaz, who was murdered outside his home in Athens in April 2021. In the Netherlands, journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot dead after leaving his television studio in July. of 2021. The trial for his murder is still ongoing.

To mark World Press Freedom Day, the European Parliament will discuss the issue of journalists' safety in plenary session in Strasbourg on Tuesday, where Transparency Commissioner Věra Jourová will highlight EU plans to propose a "Media Freedom Act". information. ”

The move will aim to ensure media pluralism and independence in EU law and will call on EU countries to support the new Brussels law on the protection of journalists against abuse. The measure aims to give the courts more power to quickly dismiss such lawsuits and even use possible penalties against them.

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The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom that journalists have, based on an assessment of pluralism, media independence and the safety of journalists in each country.

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2 Comments

  1. When society is unable to create a state, then the state must create a society. Talleyrand (Talleyrand, Hellenistic).

    These and other relevant were the opinions of the cynical but also effective French foreign minister, in the period before and after the French Revolution.

    If we keep his saying as a dogma, a question will automatically arise that will be described with: "who will create a Society"?
    So here's the focal point. In "who / who".

    Without tiring the visitors of the hospitable iguru.gr, I quote some rhetorical questions to anyone who would like to cooperate in my reasoning or to overwhelm him.

    Questions:
    1) Who will potentially create a society? The State ; It is weak as it allows permanent amoebae to infiltrate high-ranking government officials.
    2) Who will potentially create a society? The church ; If as a church we consider the respective priesthood, then… "catch the egg and currant"…
    3) Who will potentially create a society? Teachers? But they are the ones who indirectly but clearly provoke student reactions only to be paid while they are busy in their civil service theses and in their "salaries".
    4) Who will potentially create a society? The media that, as genuine idiots, promote as an idol that there is more rotten in the current society?
    5) Who will potentially create a society? The masses who dream of their girl marrying a rich groom or becoming a Hellas star, or a singer, or a football player?
    6) Who will potentially create a society? The intellectuals of the Academy, perhaps? But, since a person who was the caretaker Prime Minister donor to the German (see Memorandum) government presided, this is impossible.
    7) Who will potentially create a society? Poets and novelists? They no longer exist and those who REALLY exist have disappeared from the media as it is judged (by the businessmen) that we should not disturb the people, in their nirvana.
    8) Who will potentially create a society? The authorities ; Come on my God! Which… Principles? Those who take them (see starters) or those who take to the streets asking for blood (see MAT and parastatal droplets) or perhaps those who "order in the name of the Greek people" in the absence of the latter?

    If all the above seemed out of whack, I will disagree because, society, and better a Society with Citizens that will demand Freedom, implementation of the Constitution, Laws and Freedom of Press, CAN ONLY BE DEMANDED BY CITIZENS!

    But the Citizens, the Society, one must teach it, direct it, create it. And those who had to do so, fall into the 8 rhetorical questions mentioned above.

    In the key. Greek society is deeply ill. And now I'm not sure he can revive… So, Constitution, Freedom Press, Legality and Education, go for a walk since it is not convenient for any "amoeba" (s.s. amoeba: with the analysis I mentioned) to change something, to train for to demand, to enrich with knowledge and thought those who sleep… the sleep of law.

    Hoping not to abuse the space, I thank George for giving me handles to detach my mind from the rot I am subjected to when I turn on - at least for 5 minutes - my TV.

    George K.

    • George, the stage is open for every thought that goes beyond the established and the canned. It is probably our duty to give way to ideas that are not heard or that try to be silenced.

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