Greek media continues to erode public trust

Greek media outlets are some of the most unreliable in the world and this, unfortunately, is not fake news.

Dialekti Angeli
Dialekti Angeli NewsMavens, Greece
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Why this story matters:

In a survey of 38 countries conducted early this year by the Pew Research Center, Greece is in last place when ranked in terms of citizens’ trust towards the media. 

There are some “painlessly” fake news stories, such as the gang that allegedly cut kitchen rolls in two and sold them for toilet paper. That kind of news almost reaches levels of satire. But, on the other hand, there are some cases that will distort a reader's perception of reality. For example, it is dangerous to actually believe that  members of the ultranationalist right wing party Golden Dawn protect elderly women from "aspiring foreign robbers" as they draw money from ATM's, or that Pavlos Fyssas was killed because he had an argument about football. 

It would be interesting to carry out a survey that would show how many media consumers have ever learned the actual truth and how many of them have been left with these false impressions.

Citizens' opinions about the unreliability of the Greek media is a constant phenomenon that has been strengthened and consolidated during the last years of the economic crisis. The structure, the ideological-political dependence, the grave financial condition of the media and, therefore, its content is all deeply problematic. And that is common knowledge.

Is there an easy solution to the restoration of the credibility of the Greek media?

Surely, in order to reclaim pluralism and credibility, the media need to ensure, as much as possible, their financial self-reliance. Safeguards for the collective rights of all journalists is also required, as well as their high and continuous education and training. It is also extremely important to reintroduce a code of principles and to have ethical councils watch over the media product, without limiting in any way the freedom of speech.

And of course we should not forget about the role of the media consumers themselves. Social control is also needed. A mobilized society that can self-assess and control the information it takes, is crucial.  

Details from the story:

  • Only 18% of the citizens believe that political issues are presented objectively.
  • 25% of the respondents believe the news about government and its officials.
  • 22% believe that the news is transmitted correctly.
  • Not even half of Greeks (42%) believe that the news they watch or read is really the most important news of the day.
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