EUROPE — GREECE — ADVERTISING & INFLUENCE
Mediadem, a European research project, reported that existing regulations on the equal and just distribution of state advertising budgets in Greece are believed to be generally ignored or poorly implemented. Direct control through advertising fees is another tactic, and there is a lack of transparency in state funding for advertising in the printed press and other media.Printed press, radio and television are all said to have relied heavily in recent years on state and pro-government private advertising contracts.
European Commission, Background Information Report: Media policies and regulatory practices in a selected set of European countries, the EU and the Council of Europe: The Case of Greece, May 2010, http://www.mediadem.eliamep.gr/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Greece.pdf, May 2010, p. 8
Roy Gutman, McClatchy DC: Watching Washington and the World, Syriza party takes aim at corruption in Greece’s news media, June 2012, http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/06/15/152587/ syriza-party-takes-aim-at-corruption.html