A new resource at #greekdocs is an archive of 45 documentaries of various lengths that document the austerity crisis that has crippled Greece in several facets of life. The archive is an ongoing project, and currently of the 45 documentaries available for streaming or downloading, 32 of them are available online for free.
The project is a means for a non-government regulated platform for various truths about the austerities Greece is dealing with.
This resource allows an important outlet for news stories since the austerities that have hit Greece have had direct effects on the efficiency of Greek media outlets.
As recently as 2013, Greece’s public broadcasting station, ERT, was forced to shut down due to austerities, following a replacement channel, NERIT being established a few months later. However, the Greek public doesn’t necessarily place their trust in the new station as an independent broadcaster.
The lack of trust comes mainly as a result of an interview on NERIT of former PM Samaras, which was later denounced by the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers. This is but one example of how the public questions the independence and objectiveness of media outlets in Greece.
There are many more issues with the state of Greek media and in 2016 Greece ranked 89th in the World Press Freedom Index, which is actually a slight improvement from recent years.
Standards in Greek media that at times is viewed as shoddy, to say the least, is why having an archive that can be accessed by the public is so very important to aid in fact-checking and keeping the truth of politics in focus.
The vast majority of the documentaries found in the archive are independent productions which are mostly crowdfunded. However, there are some documentaries that are produced by independent filmmakers and journalists.
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