Sunday 4 December 2016

Caricaturing of ordinary Greeks in the media is not fair

Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30

A man waits for part of his pension at a bank in Crete yesterday
A man waits for part of his pension at a bank in Crete yesterday

I am writing to various media outlets in the hope that the media onslaught against the Greek people might be looked at and thought about by those who write and report on the situation in Greece.

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I am personally concerned as my son, Nikolas Barr-Milonas, is half-Greek. He runs his own small graphic design business in Piraeus. Like all Greeks I know, he works far longer hours than your average French, German, Irish or UK worker, for far less money, pays more taxes and higher prices for fuel and, like all Greeks, is effectively without social health care or a social welfare safety net.

A good week's earning for 12-to-14-hour days, six days a week, is well below the "dole" in Ireland. Yet the cost of living is not that much cheaper. He is not by nature a "radical leftist" as he values economic stability like most business people. Yet it was he who today used the term "media terrorism" to describe what he sees on the international news channels on television, where huge anti-austerity protests are presented as pro-austerity protests. Most of the banners in these huge gatherings say 'Oxi'. Perhaps the English-speaking reports do not understand that this means 'No' in Greek. Perhaps they think it means 'okay'? Last week, he attended a conference on digital media in Amsterdam.

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