With its decision to refer to the country’s most historic media group as a garbage dump, the government did not only target a school of journalism.
It showed citizens its ideological and aesthetic prototypes.
It would be unworthy of commentary if the issue concerned only the press.
Unfortunately, it concerns the entire country and its government.
This is the first government, at least since the demise of the junta in 1974, which not only tried to impose its aesthetic principles on journalism, and to manipulate and check the press, but also to shut down any media it does not like.
Ta Nea and To Vima became the target of these undemocratic machinations, when their fate was hanging on a thread, before they changed ownership.
What has changed since then?
Nothing has changed for the two newspapers which were and remain dedicated to the principles of progress and informing the public.
Nothing has changed, also, for a government which, then as now, believes that journalistic criticism and checks are tantamount to a declaration of war. It even reached the point of supplanting institutions, name-calling, and threatening.
Unfortunately for the government, criticism and checks are inherent in democratic regimes.
Fortunately for the country, criticism and checks are now democratic rights which we are not prepared to abandon.
The only thing that remains to be seen is where the undemocratic, downward slide of the government will stop.
Will there be an end?