Greek media on 24-hour strike

People walk past a placard calling for the November 12th general strike in Athens on November 11, 2015.  Greece's international creditors on strarted a review of reforms pledged under the country's bailout, a day ahead of a general strike to protest the measures. Greek unions call a 24-hour general strike -- the first under the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras -- against austerity and further cuts planned under the country's third EU bailout. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greek media will strike will hold a 24-hour strike starting from 6:00 am on Thursday until 6:00 am on Friday, following the general strike that has been scheduled by the country’s public and private sector unions, including the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists’ Unions (an EFJ affiliate), for Thursday 12 November.

The strike for journalists covers all print media (newspapers and magazines), public broadcaster ERT and all private TV, radio and internet media, Athens-Macedonian News Agency, Secretariat General of Information and Communication and all Press Offices.

The Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN-ESIEA), also member of the EFJ, has called on its members to join the 24-hour strike on Thursday to protest against policies and practices that violate rights of journalists.

“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,” said in a statement issubed by JUADN and ESIEA.

“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.”

During the strike, all newspapers will circulate as usual but broadcasts of news bulletins and news programmes will be stopped

(Picture credit: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP)

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