State of Helplessness

It might be hard for anyone who is reading this that is from America, but there really is not much the people of Rethymnon or Greece can do as far as their censorship in journalism goes. People are terrified of actual punishment and severe penalties for saying what they want to say or reporting on whatever they want to report on.

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Unless there is an outright revolution, there really is not much the people of Greece can do. It doesn’t matter how many journalists report on what they choose to, the people up top can do what they want to silence them and prevent them from ever doing any sort of journalism work again.

Here in America

Quite the contrary to Greece, we here in America are so grateful and lucky to be protected under the second amendment which is of course the right to free speech. I don’t believe anyone should ever be silenced or be told what they can or can’t report on. This is what makes this country so great, the ability to say what we are feeling and having the right to have an open discussion. How can we solve so many issues that people have in regards to their point of views and attitudes if we immediately silence and punish them?

 

Is Journalism in Trouble?

For anyone out there who is not from Greece like I am, you might not be aware that they are facing quite a problem in regards to independent journalism and this is for a number of reasons. We are very fortunate here in America and face very little restrictions when it comes to what we say when we are compared to the majority of other countries around the world.

greekIn Rethymnon, the punishments are much harsher and the restrictions are much tighter as to what you can get away with writing about. Luckily for us here, free speech is a very protected right under our constitution and unless you are inciting violence or a riot, you can pretty much say whatever you would like.

Fear

In Greece, the government and many of its public figures use fear as a tactic to silence people from expressing themselves. Penalties for defamation and other what I like to call “thought crimes” can be extremely harsh and severe. Because of this, many people are terrified to report on any real journalism and say what they would like to say.

It really is a horrible state of being for the country as a whole and I believe free speech is an all encompassing right. We can’t silence people for reporting on what they want and saying what they want to say.