IBNA/Op-Ed: Journalism: The real enemy within Greece

IBNA/Op-Ed: Journalism: The real enemy within Greece

Athens, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

A dangerous phenomenon has taken on dangerous dimensions in Greek journalism lately, and if this is not because of the irreversible stupidity which can be found on a regular basis in the media, then that makes it even more dangerous. Dangerous, not for journalism itself, besides in Greece those practicing journalism are few and far between, but for foreign policy, international standing and the security of Greece.

In a short period of time, topics that, if nothing more, create a negative climate, came into the public spotlight, both within Greece and in neighbouring countries and the media has one way or another involved itself in their publication.

Greek Prime – Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in New York on the margins of the 71st UN General Assembly. After this very important meeting, Greek media, using the Turkish President’s speech in the meeting with members of the government, made a point of highlighting the Turkish leadership’s doubts over the Lausanne Treaty.

If one was to carefully read the Turkish President’s speech, as well as other announcements which were later published by the Turkish media, one would conclude that it was criticism against the Kemalist regime that signed the Treaty and not in fact a direct challenge of the Treaty itself.

At no point was there a reference that challenged the Treaty, no matter how many attempts were made by Greek media to persuade the public otherwise in an obvious attempt to cancel the positive outcome of the meeting between the two countries. The relationship between the two countries obviously bothers some people, and a possible cooperation  wouldn’t serve their nationalistic aspirations for ”survival” through a Greek – Turkish confrontation.

Before the Lausanne Treaty storm blew over, a text which was published on the 7th September by Commissioner Hahn, on the so called Cham Issue, came into the media spotlight three weeks later on the 28th September. To be exact it was published the very same day that the Greek Foreign Ministry Secretary General, was to visit Albania. Coincidence? It doesn’t seem so random when a text which was released three weeks before becomes suddenly public just before a senior level bilateral meeting is due to take place.

As if that wasn’t enough the latest great scoop is the discovery that a bunch of Turkish submarines have been let lose in the Aegean in a bid to “co-ordinate” Greek – Turkish maritime boundaries.

The issue would be laughable if it were not so dangerous.

In a bid to target both the government and the Foreign Ministry, sensitive issues are being used which are in no way helpful in the effort for a multidimensional and active foreign policy.

This type of pettiness is dangerous, wherever it may be coming from.