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Greece said final goodbye to Christos Lambrakis

25 December 2009 / 18:12:18  GRReporter
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Crowds of people dressed in black gathered at 13:00 o’clock sharp in the central cemetery of Athens. Publishers, journalists, members of parliament, politicians, friends and people of the art and culture came to say their last good buy with Christos Lambrakis who passed away on Monday after a long stay in hospital. During the mass for the dead the church was full of deeply moved people – friends of Lambrakis.

Their last good buys came to say also the prime minister George Papandreou, the leader of New Democracy Antonis Samaras, the chairman of the extreme right wing party LAOS Georgios Karatzaferis, the ex prime ministers Costas Simitis and  Constantine Mitsotakis, representatives of the Greek business society as the Vardinoyannis family.

George Papandreou called the deceased Lambrakis “a great person from the public life of Greece, whose presence has left a strong mark in the journalism and the development of the mass media”, and his loss he defined as “huge emptiness, that marks the end of one age”. Christos Lambrakis is a publisher of the left newspapers “Vima” and “Ta Nea”, which he inherits from his father Ioannis. He is one of the shareholders of the “Mega” television and the creator of the electronic site Christos Lambrakis was also the president of the Music palace in Athens, which was mourning today and didn’t make their shows.

After the official mass started the mourning ceremony of the coffin towards the grave – the last road of the deceased on the Earth. During the ceremony after the coffin lost in silence, grief and thoughts were walking the people. The road was covered with white wreaths – a symbol of the last farewell with the extraordinary person of Christos Lambrakis – of the journalist and man of culture and spirit, with great creativeness and contribution to the journalism, culture and art from the public life in the past 40 years; of the man who fought for spiritual growth and left behind a great cultural contribution.

Christos Lambrakis was the last one of the old generation publishers and along with his death the circle of the traditional publishes, carrying the culture of the newspaper and the press is closed. The day of his funeral was marked as a mourning for the Greek journalism.

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