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Journalists are occupiers as well

13 January 2009 / 19:01:56  GRReporter
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The occupation of the building of the Journalists Union in Athens is continuing for a third day. The journalists, who moved into the building on Saturday, are not satisfied by the way some mass communication mediums present the events. The occupier journalists want a united press syndicate to be formed, where all journalists working in the press will be members.


 


The second meeting of the “freed” Press Union, as they call it in their press release, will be held tonight.


 


All journalists, who are against the extreme actions of their colleagues, came out with an official declaration “Informing cannot be crushed with force.”


 


The chairman of the journalists Panos Sombolos took a more moderate stand and said for Ethnos newspaper that in the building there are about 25-30 people, “we gave them a fax machine, computers and I stressed that it is not necessary to inform the police.”


 


Before locking themselves in the Journalists Union building, the activists put up a poster with the Acropolis as a symbolic sign. Following, the same people entered the building, took the flag down, and put up another poster explaining their occupation. This way they wanted to show that even “informing” will bow in front of violence. During that time, the rest of the journalists were with their children at the New Year’s party in Faliro neighborhood. The ones, who opposed the occupation, said that force is not a political argument.


 


“The Journalists Union as an institutional body is an enemy to the fight of the workers… We, ourselves who are working for a salary, or we insure ourselves, or we are unemployed, or we work “under the table”…decided to publicly stand against the ideological propaganda of our bosses and to stimulate the workers in the mass communication field to act. We will not be afraid form being fired and we will make out bosses be afraid of the wild strikes,” ends the statement of the occupiers journalists.

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