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AEJ Greece links populist dangers and worsening threats to fact-based journalism: WPFD statement

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Greek section of the Association of European Journalists expressed its deep concern for the rise of populism and transformation of truth which are growing more and more in Europe and elsewhere.

The proponents of populism and demagoguery bring nothing new in their attempt to undermine democracy, but in the modern digital era the Internet has become a valuable tool for their tactics.

They also take advantage of journalism’s conversion, all too often, into a ‘TV show’. So, in the name of reacting against imaginary enemies such as the elites, democracy itself is at risk as a political system. These current efforts aimed at Europe’s destruction exhibit principles and prejudices that in the past caused only conflict and wars.

The Greek section of AEJ is also worried about the attacks and threats against journalists and media that took place in recent times in Greece, especially by the government and representatives of special interests, and corruption.

The Association also criticizes the fact that journalists have been involved in blackmailing incidents, damaging the profession and the prestige of journalism.

The AEJ means to strengthen its efforts and initiatives for diversity in the provision of information for the public regarding European affairs, and will continue defending freedom of the press as a necessary prerequisite for more democracy and free thinking.