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Greek Journalists Strike

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 31, 2012 Last Updated: November 1, 2012
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Journalists and radio-TV technicians march in central Athens during their 24-hours strike on Oct. 17, 2012. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

Journalists and radio-TV technicians march in central Athens during their 24-hours strike on Oct. 17, 2012. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

Newsrooms were quiet in Greece Wednesday, as journalists under the Panhellenic Journalists’ Union (POESY) walked out to protest austerity measures that would affect their health care funds.

The government wanted to merge the journalists’ independent health care fund with the National Organization for Healthcare Provision, reported Ekathimerini news. Journalists responded with a 24-hour strike.

On Tuesday, the journalists’ union had also called on its members to strike in reaction to the suspension of three journalists by the state-run broadcaster ERT. Two broadcasters had commented on a U.K. Guardian article about police brutality in Greece. Another reporter commented on the strict policing at a parade.

News blackouts have swept through Greece a few times in the last couple of years. Journalists went on strike three times in the first three months of 2011 to protest wage cuts. They also went on strike on Sept. 24, along with other labor unions, to protest austerity measures.

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