World me­dia keep­ing their eye on Greece

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In­ter­na­tional me­dia in­ter­est and cov­er­age of Greek cur­rent af­fairs have shown no sign of abat­ing since the coun­try en­tered an ex­tended pe­riod of eco­nomic cri­sis in 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, re­quests by for­eign me­dia were up 32 per­cent in 2012 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. In 2011, queries had al­ready ob­served an in­crease of 22 per­cent com­pared to 2010.

In 2012 the govern­ment agency re­ceived 393 ap­pli­ca­tions from in­ter­na­tional me­dia. Ac­cord­ing to the bureau’s data, 455 jour­nal­ists vis­ited Greece and made 987 re­quests. Th­ese re­sulted in 7,000 ac­tions, in­clud­ing in­ter­views, news cov­er­age and col­lect­ing data. The ma­jor­ity of queries re­lated to the po­lice, fol­lowed by po­lit­i­cal par­ties and cham­bers of com­merce.

Most me­dia re­quests came from Ger­many, France, the UK, US, Spain, Switzer­land, China, the Nether­lands and Swe­den, among other coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, a large num­ber of for­eign jour­nal­ists vis­ited Greece with­out sub­mit­ting an of­fi­cial re­quest for any kind of sup­port.

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