According to SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “is obsessed with controlling information.”
In a social media post on Monday, he said “This is not SYRIZA’s words, it says so in the report published by seven international press organisations.”
Tsipras cited the report titled ‘Controlling the Message: Challenges for independent reporting in Greece’, released by the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR).
The government is “turning Greece into a problematic country as regards to freedom of the press, which is a problem for democracy too,” he noted.
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) published the report “Controlling the Message: Challenges for independent reporting in Greece”, which details the findings and recommendations of its online fact-finding mission to Greece.
The mission, involving interviews with more than thirty local stakeholders, was implemented by the MFRR together with Reporters Without Borders in December 2021.
The partner organisations conclude that challenges to the independence of the media and the safety of journalists are systemic in the country. While the problems are not unique, their intensity is highly problematic and sets it apart from most other EU Member States.