Stop corporate media anti-Greek campaign, German trade union says

This video from Greece says about itself:


Bild is part of the Axel Springer media empire.

4 March 2010

This video is the answer to the German magazine Focus, and other media and newspapers in Germany for the ridiculous publications against Greece at the time when Greece and the Greek people have been in critical condition.

In the 1960s, a hate campaign by the media of far Right German media baron Axel Caesar Springer, especially their flagship daily Bild, brought student activist Rudi Dutschke to the attention of Springer press reader Josef Erwin Bachmann. To Bachmann (coincidentally, the same family name as the Fuehrer of the present racist Pegida organisation), Dutschke was a “dirty communist pig”. On April 11, 1968, Bachmann tried to murder Dutschke, firing his gun at him. Dutschke did not die immediately; he died in 1979, after eleven horrible years with a damaged brain.

Now that Dutschke is dead, the Springer corporate media empire is aiming at new targets. Like Greeks.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Trade union: Bild, stop anti-Greek campaign

Today, 13:58

The German journalists’ union DJV has called on the newspaper Bild to stop what the union calls an anti-Greek campaign.

The largest newspaper in Germany has called on readers to make a selfie with the newspaper of this morning. On its front page is in extremely big letters: “NEIN, Keine weiteren Milliarden für die gierigen Griechen!!”, meaning, “No, no more billions for the greedy Greeks!”

These billions of German and other countries’ taxpayers’ money go mainly to big banks, not to the Greek people. While the austerity imposed for that money ruins the lives of millions of Greeks who have not caused the big banks‘ financial crisis.

BIld newspaper's anti-Greek front page

“One may approve or reject the German government’s policies on Greece”, says the union, “but trying with a political campaign to influence directly is contrary to the descriptive task of journalism.”

The union also says it is ethically problematic to blame a whole people for the financial missteps of its leaders.

Not just Greek governmental and big business leaders. Also German and other foreign politicians, bankers, etc.

Bild tries with its campaign to influence tomorrow’s vote in the Bundestag, the German parliament. People expect a large majority will agree to an extension of aid to Greece, though some forty members of the government parties will vote against.

See also here. And here.

20 thoughts on “Stop corporate media anti-Greek campaign, German trade union says

    • Yes, so do I. In other countries, there are similar corporate media anti-Greek campaigns, talking about ‘lazy, greedy Greeks’; while, in fact, working hours were already longer and wages lower in Greece than in western Europe before the troika austerity policies started.

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