No, this is not a joke. This is the front page of a national daily newspaper from Greece. You can read some more about Eleftheri Ora here: Why is such a newspaper allowed to exist?. In the meantime, here’s the translation of the title:
The Jihadis are spreading the news: the one-eyed Antichrist of Islam is here.
And, yes, they unashamedly describe these photos as “real”.
Back in the days of the 1967-1974 colonels’ dictatorship, the free-thinking Greeks were depended on news coming from abroad. The BBC Greek service, the Deutsche Welle radio as well as media from France, were manned with Greek journalists who had escaped from Greece and were transmitting what could not be told by the censored Greek media. It’s sad to admit that we have started to return into a similar dependence when it comes to human rights violations in Greece.
Photo by Kostas Kallergis.
Especially in the past couple of years, there has not been a lack of proofs for a series of stories, yet the mainstream media in Greece have repeatedly and stubbornly denied to report on important stories. With Greece being in the international spotlight, the usual pattern was that a foreign medium would publish a story which would then be translated by some Greek portals back into Greek in a sort of what-the-foreigners-say-about-us kind of story. Nevertheless the Greek public, even through this pattern, has the chance to get informed about what is happening in our country.
I’ll give you two recent examples. Two weeks ago an anti-fascist motorcade protesting against the rise of neo-nazism met a group of far-rightists in a downtown Athens neighbourhood. The police was there too. Several leftists were arrested after the scuffle and spend a horrible night at the Greek Police HQ in Athens. When they were taken to court, some more leftists were arrested among the crowd who went outside the courts in order to show support. Only a handful of leftist blogs reported the ordeal, despite the witness accounts and the visual proofs of their allegations for torture. Last week, the Guardian published this embarrassing report and suddenly all the mainstream portals and some tv stations have reported it. They were obliged to report it because it couldn’t be hidden any more.
In a similar fashion, some months earlier, the Reuters have published a report on questionable practices within Piraeus bank. There were two reports, one in April and one in July, the latter can be found here. These are stories for which journalists in other countries would kill to break but not a single media over here pursued the story (which would criticise the practices of a bank that has one of the biggest budgets for advertising). Ironically, the April report was based in already published documents by the anonymous blog WikiGreeks.org (which has in the meantime taken off the net for an unknown reason). So the information was there, lying freely on the net and no-one broke the story.
This is why I have been strongly convinced lately that the free-thinking democratic part of our society depends more and more on media like the BBC, Reuters and the Guardian.
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Headline: Alexis’ Soviets
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Tagged Alexis Tsipras, Dimokratia, elections 2012, front page, Greece, Greek newspapers, newspapers, Soviet, Soviet Union, SYRIZA, The Daily Threat Show, USSR
Here’s a quick translation of today’s newspaper front pages in the aftermath of yesterday’s Greek national elections. My general impression is that the newspapers kept a low profile, in contrast with their emotional headlines in the previous days. Despite the historic changes in the Greek political scenery, the feeling is a bit numb, I guess in fear of an uncertain future.
Headline: A vote of anger overturns the political scene
Headline: In search of a government
Eleftheros Tipos 07/05/2012
Headline: People’s anger, Change the Memorandum!
Headline: Austerity defeated in Greece and France
Ta Nea 07/05/2012
Headline: Nightmare of being ungoverned with new elections in the background
Adesmeftos Tipos 07/05/2012
Headline: Elections of great anger
Headline: Where are you heading to, Antonis (Samaras)?
Avgi 07/05/2012 (SYRIZA’s newspaper)
Headline: Left mandate
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Here’s how Greek newspapers look like after a chaotic night of crucial political decisions and extensive rioting in downtown Athens.
Ta Nea (13/02/2012)
Headline: YES by fire and tears
(NB Third photo from left, at the bottom of the front page, is famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis)
Headline: Historic “Yes” and a storm in political parties
Second headline: With 199 “yeses” Greece’s darkest night begins
Eleftheros Tipos (13/02/2012)
Headline: A night of terror inside and outside of the Parliament
Headline: Immediate elections is the only salvation due to inconsistency between the people and the Parliament
Headline: They should walk out before they destroy completely the country
Headline: The Memorandum is invalid, the people has voted it down
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Tagged Avgi, Avriani, Dimokratia, Eleftheros Tipos, Ethnos, front page, Greece, Greek crisis, Greek newspapers, newspapers, Ta Nea, Vradini
Greek newspapers today describe in their headlines the aftershock of yesterday’s resignations and the crucial weekend ahead of us. The general feeling that arises is that of panic. Here’s a quick translation of their headlines.
Ta Nea (11/02/2012)
Headline: Dangerous games on doorstep of the madhouse.
(Funnily, today’s gimmick is a copy of the book of Kama Sutra)
Headline: The dilemma is deal or collapse.
Headline: Everything is dismantling.
Headline: Papademos calls SOS amid storm.
Adesmeftos Tipos (11/02/2012)
Headline: Tsunami of resignations.
Eleftheros Tipos (11/02/2012)
Headline: A Papandreou “movement” against Papademos – Venizelos.
Headline: Greece, zero hour.
Headline: Revolt in the political parties.
Headline: Memorandum’s system in decomposition.
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Here’s today’s roundup of Greek newspaper front pages.
Title: Slow martyrdom for the deal
Title: Tough demands abroad, Political theatre domestically
Eleftheros Tipos 10/02/2012
Title: Constant blackmail by Scheuble
Ta Nea (10/02/2012)
Title: The citizens speak “We’ve gone back 50 years”
Title: Whatever the people say; elections is the one and only solution
As a bonus, here’s yesterday anti-German cover of the same, conservative, newspaper.
Title: Dachau; Memorandum Macht Frei
and finally the front page of weekly satyrical newspaper Pontiki.
Title: The team is up in the air
-I wonder, what will History write about the deals of the coalition government?
-Money thrown in the air.
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It seems that the editorial anti-German sentiment is returning along with renewed German proposals of how to run Greece. This is today’s front page of Ta Nea newspaper, one of the most widely circulated papers in the country.
Ta Nea (30/01/2012)
From the Ohi Day’s Greek Yeses to the German Nos of today. It seems our politicians are learning something (not).
The three Nos refer to the proposals for a foreign budget commissioner with veto powers on taxation & spending, the abolition of the 13th & 14th wage and the further reduction of the minimum wage.
When two of the biggest newspapers of a country publish the same title, there must be some truth in it. Here’s today round up of newspaper front pages from Greece. Enjoy the show.
Title: Irodou Attikou (i.e. the Presidential residence street name) theatre: Operetta “The leaders, the gardener and poor Greece”
Title: Operetta at the [President’s] mansion
Title: The selection of a PM with stature is the only way out
Title: From saviours of the country… to destructors
Title: The media and half of PASOK give an ultimatum for Papadimos
Title: Political shadow theatre
Title: Unnbelievable low comedy
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Yesterday was an interesting day, full of political developments and news fever. I thought I should translate today’s most notable Greek newspaper front pages to give you a clue of this mornings atmosphere. But allow me to begin with a French cover which I found extremely to-the-point as well as aesthetically beautiful.
No need to translate.
Title: One resignation, an appendicitis and… The King of Chaos
Title: Greece in spiral
Subtitle: Merkel-Sarkozy: “Come for explanations”
Title: The government is faltering, everything is fluid
Title: Collaborationist during peacetime
Title: Countdown for government and G.A.P. (i.e. George A. Papandreou)
Title: A triumph of irresponsibility
Title: Political thriller
Subtitle: Referendum causes electric shock to Greece, Europe and the markets
Title: The international speculators profited billions from George’s decision to call a referendum
Red box in header: The women of PASOK wore trousers
Title: He is not leaving, he’s driven out
Title: The referendum brings Papandreou down
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