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RSF Press Freedom 2022: Greece falls 38 positions in one year

Greece has fallen 38 positions within a year, in the Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders 2022 Report. From position 70. in the 2021 report, Greece ranks 108. in 2022.

When it comes to Press Freedom, the country is now on the bottom of Europe lower even than Hungary (85.) Bulgaria (91.) and Albania(103.) and some dictatorships across the world.

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In its introduction the report RSF notes, among others:

“In Europe, while Norway (1st) remains at the top of the World Press Freedom Index, the region shows significant disparities,and conditions on both extremes have evolved considerably. Estonia (4th) and Lithuania (9th) – two former Communist states – are now among the top ten, while the Netherlands (28th) no longer is. And Greece (108th) has replaced Bulgaria (91st) in last place in Europe.”

Particular reference is done on the murder of journalist Giorgos Karaivaz and the unsolved case, the persecution of investigative journalists who reveal scandals (Vaxevanis, Papadakou, etc.), the surveillance of journalists (Koukakis) through the national intelligence and spyware, the government funding of media with public money (Petsas-Lists) thus securing its immunity for its policies, attacks on the rule of law and dissenting voices.”

Euractiv.com has an article on Press Freedom in Greece

RSF report here

 

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5 comments

  1. ouch!

  2. Not good BUT this is a paragraph from the report:

    “In light of this new methodology, care should be taken when comparing the 2022 rankings and scores with those from 2021.”

  3. I hope Saidu Kamara, a 17-year-old high school student from Guinea who was finally granted asylum to Greece is wise enough to keep his Guinea passport. Guinea, apparently has a freer press according to he Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders 2022 Report. It is good to have a Plan B.

    Maybe on his visit to the US when Prime Minister Mitsotakis and US President Joe Biden will meet on the 16th May their subordinates will be discussing the recently-convened board on misinformation under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to protect (fill in blank)