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    Greece's military-backed Government announced on Wednesday (18 August) evening that radical changes were to be made to liberalise a draft law on the press following strong opposition from journalists and publishers' union to its original proposals.

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    Greece's military-backed Government announced on Wednesday (18 August) evening that radical changes were to be made to liberalise a draft law on the press following strong opposition from journalists and publishers' union to its original proposals.

    The draft law, to be known as the code of ethics for journalists, originally laid down that Greek and for foreign correspondents must comply with the principles of the "Hellenic-Christians" tradition and take the interests of Greece and the Greek people as their guide. The proposed legislation also required journalists, both Greek and foreign, to obtain certificates of loyalty after their records had been checked by security authorities.

    But on Wednesday evening, the Greek Minister without portfolio, Mr. Loukas Patras, told a meeting of the 56-member Consultative Committee that the Government had decided to improve certain provisions in the bill. He said that journalists would not now be required to take note of the "Hellenic-Christian" tradition, and that a provision in the bill establishing a council of honour empowered to fine or even suspend journalists contravening the code of ethics would ve revolked. Mr Patras added that the Government's aim was to protect the freedom of the press, of the citizens and of journalists.

    SYNOPSIS: A Consultative Committee in Athens, has decided to amend clauses in its proposed legislation affecting journalists and publishers following wide spread protests from both Greek and foreign correspondents. The draft law, to be known as a code of ethics for journalists, originally laid down that Greek and foreign correspondents, must comply with principles of the "Hellenic-Christian" tradition.

    On Wednesday, the 56-member committee was told that journalists would not now be required to take the oath of tradition and that a clause in the bill establishing an honour council empowered to fine or even suspend journalists contravening the code of ethics would be revolked. Minister without portfolio Mr Loukas said that the aim of the bill was to protect the freedom of the press.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWP8DCZ9CWJ7E70OPZTAQJC52
    Media URN:
    VLVADWP8DCZ9CWJ7E70OPZTAQJC52
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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