Press and television journalists and publishers today (Monday) worked for the first time under the regulations of the Greek Government's new Press Law, which was published in its final form on 12 October and went into force today.
GV EXT. Greek Journalists' Union building
LV Offices of EIRT (Athens TV)
LV Offices of Acropolis & Apogevmatini newspapers
GV Offices of Vima, Nea & Tachydromos newspapers
GV Vradyni offices
MV INT. Vradyni presses rolling
MV Papers coming off press & stacked (3 shots)
SV Kiosk selling newspapers
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Background: Press and television journalists and publishers today (Monday) worked for the first time under the regulations of the Greek Government's new Press Law, which was published in its final form on 12 October and went into force today.
The first draft of the law provoked an outcry from journalists and publishers when it was released earlier this year. Since then it has been considerably toned down, but still has the effect of regulating the status and conduct of both Greek and foreign journalist.
SYNOPSIS: A new law regulating the status and conduct of Greek journalists and foreign newsmen working in Greece went into effect on Monday. The law provides that journalists should report accurately and carefully and avoid news distorting. It also says they should serve public interest according the international norms and avoid using their status for personal interest or profit.
The Greek Government lifted rigid censorship late in 1969, but has since brought out several measures aimed at tightening control of the press. The new law provoked and outcry when it was first drafted, but it has been toned down since then. The original version said journalists must serve the national interest and stipulated that they should obtain loyalty certificates after being checked by security police.