No news services in 24-hour media strike

There will be a media blackout on Thursday, November 12

There will be a Greek Media blackout on Thursday, November 12, from 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, through to 6 a.m. on Friday, November 13, as part of a generl strike scheduled by the country’s private and public sector unions.

Proto Thema will not be sending news stories out during this time, along with other print, TV, radio and internet media services.

The Jouralists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN-ESIEA) has issued the following announcement:

The strike to be held (on Thursday) is a first warning against policies and practices that violate rights and eradicate liberties delivering a serious blow to society as well as news information. For this particular reason this is the starting point of the mobilizations to follow, in order to protect social security’s institutional function.

Journalists (whether workers, unpaid, unemployed or pensioners) seek along with entire society the right to work, social security, our Funds resources, lifelong benefits and our dignity.

Journalists’ Supplementary Social Insurance and Healthcare Fund (EDOEAP) as well as Media Personnel Social Insurance Fund (ETAP-MME) and Journalists’ Unions are non-negotiable since they guarantee freedom of expression, collective work agreements and public opinion’s right to reliable news information.

Moreover on the day of the strike Thursday November 12, all newspapers will circulate as usual. On this very day there will be no broadcasts of news bulletins and news programs.