Mass Media in Greece: Power, Politics, and Privatization

Mass Media in Greece: Power, Politics, and Privatization

Mass Media in Greece: Power, Politics, and Privatization

Mass Media in Greece: Power, Politics, and Privatization

Synopsis

In this examination of Greek press, radio and television, authors Zaharopoulos and Paraschos describe media which have been tremendously politicized, partisan, and dominated by foreign programming. As the political and economic face of Greece and Europe changes, the Greek media has been thrown into anarchy.

Excerpt

Today we see momentous changes in the world. Boundaries, allegiances, and political systems are in a state of unprecedented flux. Enemies have become allies; neighbors are now enemies. But in all this there is one thing that remained constant: a need to know -- to know other cultures, other countries, other governments.

And the main institutionalized method of giving us such knowledge is the press -- or the media systems of the world. We know that the quality of these media systems is uneven, that some are far more objective and thorough than others. But in even the best of circumstances we have gaps in our knowledge. the shift of focus of world attention has often confronted us with our own ignorance about a part of the world we thought we knew.

Students of the international press today are faced with a multitude of persistent and underlying questions that serve as a barrier to understanding. Not only are nations in disarray and even turmoil, and with them their media systems, but even in the rather stable nations are found basic issues and problems that cry out for explanation for the person seeking a real understanding of media.

Those of us hoping to plumb the essence of a national media system are concerned with fundamental questions: What are the philosophical traditions and underpinnings of the media system? What has been the media-government symbiosis of the country? What has been the effect of personalities (media leaders) on the media? How has public opinion affected the media -- or has there . . .

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