Progress but not enough

The Greek media landscape is evolving. MegaTV, the oldest privately-owned TV channel, seems to be on the point of closing for economic reasons after operating for 29 years. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed in an attempt to make 246 million euros for the state from the sale of broadcast licenses in 2016. The Syriza leader had promised a major overhaul of the Greek broadcast media but has not yet succeeded in pulling it off. The courts continue to pass suspended prison sentences on journalists for defamation. In another significant court decision, foreign minister Nikos Kotzias was able to have the assets of the publisher of the Athens Review of Books magazine frozen as part of libel suit over an old issue that had reminded its readers of the minister’s Communist Party past.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



88 in 2017

Global score


30.89 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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