EFJ Backs Strike by Journalists and Media Workers in Greece

The European Federation of Journalists(EFJ) and its member unions

throughout Europe fully support the 24 hours strike announced by its affiliate,

the Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN), along with all other

media workers starting today at 17.00 in all media - print, broadcasting and

digital- whether private, public or city owned.

The reason for the strike is the sudden decision by Theodoros and

Gianna Angelopoulos, owners of Eleftheros

Typos and Sunday Typos newspapers, radio station CITY

99,5  and the group's information

site to dismiss 450 journalists and media workers as a result of closing down

these media.

These latest dramatic events add up to daily job redundancies and the

rapid deterioration of labour and social security rights in almost all news

organisations. This is born out of situations in which many journalists have not

been paid (EXPRESS) or have been

dismissed at the broadcasting stations SKAI, ALTER and STAR TV as well as at newspapers such as

CHORA, DERBYand APOGEYMATIN and radio station XENIO.

We further denounce the lack of transparency in cases of colleagues

employed under short-term contracts at Greece's public broadcaster station,

ERT.

The European Federation of Journalists says

that the strike reflects the mood of resistance among journalists and media

staff throughout European media over worsening industrial relations, dismissals

and low pay. The answer to the actual media crisis cannot lie in cuts and

complete disregard for professional and labour rights of

journalists.

Please send messages of solidarity to:


dralli@esiea.gr