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ΕFA-Rainbow supports the right of the Catalan people to decide on their future and joins the EFA campaign "Catalonia decides"

Catalonia decides



Radio Macedonian Culture

A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece

Aegean Macedonian Culture

Anti-macedonian policy during the elections for the European Parliament against Rainbow by the Greek state and the Greek mass media

A scandal by the Parliamentary committee

Greek TV stations sabotage EFA-Raibow

Ultra-nationalists want "borders with Serbia"!

"Hellenic Post" sabbotages EFA-Rainbow Campaign

Typical example of censorship of Rainbow

Attack of the Greek Neo-nazi party

A Greek - Macedonian dictionary by Vasko Karatza printed with the support of EFA - Rainbow
 Greek   Macedonian

D. Lithoxoou
"Extracts of Letters"

Τι έλεγε κάποτε το ΚΚΕ για τους Μακεδόνες

Denying Ethnic Identity:
The Macedonians of Greece, by Human Rights Watch

Linguistics and politics II:
Macedonian Language

Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.

Lawed Arguments
and Omitted Truths

R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia

English  Macedonian

"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"

Center Maurits Coppieters
European Free Alliance
Federal Union of European Nationalities
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Greek Anti–Nationalistic Movement
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Human Rights of Australia
OMO Ilinden - PIRIN
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Macedonian Forum for politics and history
IPI-SEEMO deeply concerned at a proposed draft media law containing provisions damaging to press freedom in Greece


H.E. Anna Benaki-Psarouda
President of the Hellenic Parliament
Vas. Sophias 2
10021 Athens

July 4, 2007

Your Excellency,

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global press freedom organisation representing editors, publishers and leading journalists in over 110 countries, together with its affiliate organisation the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), is deeply concerned at a proposed draft media law containing provisions damaging to press freedom in Greece.

According to information provided to IPI, the proposed law titled, "Concentration and Licensing of Media Enterprises and other Provisions", is currently being discussed in the Greek parliament and is likely to be passed in the near future.

If this were to happen, the Greek media would be faced with a law that appears deliberately designed to actively hinder the regional media's economic development and exclude minority groups from access to information.

In particular, IPI would highlight Chapter C, Article 8, paragraph 10a, which states that the minimum disbursed capital, namely the money radio station owners have to keep on deposit as a guarantee, is 100,000 euros for radio stations broadcasting news. The figure is 60,000 euros for radio stations broadcasting music. Such a high figure is unlikely to be met by prospective local radio stations.

The figure of 100,000 euros is also aimed at regions with around 100,000 inhabitants giving the radio station a minimum disbursed capital to population ratio of around 1 euro for each inhabitant. When considering that these regions are some of the poorest in Europe this figure is disproportionate and would prevent smaller local media organisations from obtaining licenses.

Regarding the duty to broadcast, paragraph 13a states that the radio station must provide 24 hour programming regardless of whether the station is carrying information or otherwise. Once again, this will act as a disincentive for small media organisations seeking to provide limited, but essential programming for regional minorities.

This perception is further reinforced by an additional sentence in paragraph 13a stating that the main transmission language must be Greek. IPI believes that this flies in the face of the Greek government's duty to uphold minority rights and breaches the country's international duties in this area, particularly Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Aside from these requirements, paras 14a and 14b force news and music radio stations to employ a certain number of full-time journalists and other administrative and technical staff in accordance with labour agreements and social security legislation. Para 14b goes on to state that radio stations carrying news and information should have at least 20 members of staff overall, while for music stations this figure is five staff members. Full-time employment under the draft media law is calculated at 20 days of employment per month.

These provisions are similar to the already existing Law 3548, which contains a provision for the print media stating that publishers must hire at least three full-time staff members. IPI strongly believes that these provisions are a barrier to economic development because they demand that media organisations must enter the market at a predetermined size and with a certain level of capitalisation.

This provision is not only anti-competitive, it also prohibits low circulation media, minority or community papers, cultural or special interest products, among others, from having access to the market place. The basic right for a free flow of information should not be tarnished by administrative or bureaucratic measures.

The Greek government is therefore seeking to directly influence the media market through the manipulation of the law.

In consequence, IPI believes that the measures are against freedom of expression and the right to publish or broadcast freely and unhindered by bureaucratic measures. Since your country is a member of the European Union, and has accepted the commitments of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and UNESCO, we intend to inform these institutions by copy of this mail.

We thank you for your attention and appeal to you as President of the Parliament.

Yours sincerely,

Johann P. Fritz

Spiegelgasse 2/29
A-1010 Vienna
Tel: + 431-512 90 11
Fax: + 431-512 90 14

Oliver Vujovic
SEEMO Secretary-General

SEEMO - South East Europe Media Organisation Spiegelgasse 2/29 1010 Vienna Austria
Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 12
Fax: +43 1 512 90 15

Karolos Papoulias
President of Greece

Vassileos Georgiou II 2
10028 Athens,
Fax: +30 210 7232342

Kostas Karamanlis
Prime Minister of Greece

Irodou Attikou 19,
10674 Athens,
Fax: +30 210 671 53 40

Rene van der Linden
President of the Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe

Avenue de l'Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Fax: +33-3-88 41 27 81

Koichiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO,

7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
Fax: +33-1-45 67 16 90

Jose Manuel Durao Barroso
President of the European Commission,

1049 Brussels

Ambassador Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
OSCE Secretary General

Kaerntner Ring 5-7
1010 Vienna
Fax: +43-1 514 36 96


IPI, the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism.

SEEMO is a regional network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe.

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Promotion of the
Macedonian Language
Primer at the OSCE HDIM

English Greek Macedonian

Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
English Greek Macedonian

Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

English Greek Macedonian

The Yugoslavian Crisis
English Greek Macedonian

Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006

English   Greek

The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”

By IOS team – Eletherotypia, 23/10/2005

Who says there are no
minority languages in Greece?

The "secret" census
in north Greece, in 1920

Map showing the Cultures and Languages in the E.U.

Council of Europe
Framework convention for the Protection of national minorities




Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας - Σκόπια είναι όνομα που εκφράζει την ταυτότητά σας

Greek   Macedonian

Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

Greek   Macedonian
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