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Newspapers are displayed at a kiosk in Athens in this file photo.AFP photo

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Journalists in crisis-hit Greece have gone on strike to protest pay cuts, rising unemployment, and to press for the signing of new collective wage contracts.

The 24-hour strike stopped all TV and radio news broadcasts yesterday, while most internet news portals were not updating their content. No newspapers will be published today. Greece has been caught in an acute financial crisis for the past two-and-a-half years, and is being kept solvent by international rescue loans. In return for these bailouts, the recession-bound country implemented hugely unpopular income cuts and repeatedly hiked taxes.

Resentment for the cutbacks drove voters away from mainstream parties in May 6 national elections, which resulted in a hung parliament.

New elections will be held June 17, with pro-bailout and anti-austerity parties fighting neck-to-neck.

May/29/2012

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Chris Green

5/29/2012 7:58:33 PM

Kemal H bey - Feed a Greek...Priceless line!!!! :-) Glad I do not live in London then! ha ha

kemal H

5/29/2012 7:03:01 PM

There is a new campaign in London called buy a Greek kebab and help feed a Greek in Greece. The way it works you buy a kebab and pay double the amount. The excess payment is sent to a sister restaurant in Greece where the hungry Greeks are given a voucher for the value of a kebab and placed on a waiting list. I am told by a very good friend the Greeks are fighting in the streets to get hold of the free kebab vouchers. So Londoner's please keep eating those kebabs and help feed a hungry Greek.

kerem atan

5/29/2012 5:27:28 PM

greek readers can follow the news in turkish newspapers now that the journalists are on strike. but the thing is greeks resent reading gloomy news and bad remarks about greece.hdn could pretend everything is alright in greece for once in order to make greeks feel relieved. it can mention about the sightseeing places in greece or the greek cuisine instead of economic recession or strikes.

kerem atan

5/29/2012 5:03:09 PM

greek readers can follow the news in turkish newspapers now that the journalists are on strike. but the thing is greeks resent reading gloomy news and bad remarks about greece.hdn could pretend everything is alright in greece for once in order to make greeks feel relieved. it can mention about the sightseeing places in greece or the greek cuisine instead of economic recession or strikes.

DORUS LIVIS

5/29/2012 1:36:12 PM

@Kemal: very poetic... but surely science fiction

kemal H

5/29/2012 11:37:37 AM

I think in this case no news is good news for the poor Greeks, after all how much crap can anyone take before they crack. I do remember a former Greek president declaring that whole of Greece was an like an open lunatic asylum and this was said during the boom period for the EU Greeks . The land of milk and honey is no more all the bees have all been killed by greed and disease and Greece is like a dust bowl where nothing will grow.

john albay

5/29/2012 8:26:00 AM

I bet the greeks are happy with this piece of news! with all the bad news coming out of greece they are happy not to hear anything for a few days.

Chris Green

5/29/2012 7:24:23 AM

So even more Greek commentators to be expected here on TDN then! Mas Allah!
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