Solidarity with 420 Greek broadcast journalists not paid for months
16 January 2018
The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) have backed their Greek affiliates, standing with 420 MEGA TV station journalists and media workers left with no pay and no jobs for over 16 months.
MEGA was one of the first private TV stations established in Greece, 28 years ago. The broadcaster has attracted large audiences and delivers reliable and quality journalism in their news bulletins, programs and series.
During the past months, the station was broadcasting only entertainment content, bringing in a lot of advertising money. However the journalists were left with no pay.
The situation worsened on Wednesday 10 January, when major MEGA shareholders decided not to participate in the public auction for 7 TV licenses.
Since broadcasting is prohibited by stations without a TV license, MEGA will close down and the journalists will lose money as well as their labour rights and benefits. These outcomes have been denounced by the local media unions JUADN and ESPIT.
During the 16 months unpaid, journalists and media workers have supported efforts to save the station and have collectively intervened with the National Broadcasting Council and the banks. The workforce and their unions have been calling for MEGA to resume broadcasting their full content – both news and entertainment, and they have also been campaigning to save jobs.
Philippe Leruth, IFJ president, said:
"We call on MEGA’s shareholders to consider the responsibility they have towards media workers and to reconsider their decision of leaving 420 hardworking colleagues unemployed, whose work during the past 28 years has contributed to the station’s popularity with the Greek audiences and whose families fate hanging in the balance. We call on the authorities to fully respect our colleagues’ working conditions in such difficult times."