Greek Ombudsman: Media Reproduce Stereotypes and Promote Racism



Roma in Greece

The Greek Ombudsman in relation to the case of four-year old Maria who was found in a Roma camp in Larissa, central Greece, accuses the Greek media of reproducing stereotypes and helping to perpetuate discrimination against specific social groups. The Greek media are also accused of violating children’s rights with repeated and extensive display of images and details of their personal lives.

As reported by the Ombudsman, according to Greek Law and a ruling by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV), the showing of juveniles is only permitted if it does not cause pain or harm to the child and must be accompanied by written permission of the child’s parents or guardians.

The Greek Ombudsman has proposed that guidelines should be issued regarding both the use of images and personal information about children. Also, the presentation of persons and events should be done in such a way as to not encourage racism, xenophobia and intolerance, and that supervisory bodies need to be vigilant in order to identify and control such incidents. Finally he suggests that further training should be made available for journalists in dealing with cases involving minors.