Greece: Press Subsidies in Turmoil

  • Stylianos PapathanassopoulosEmail author
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


Greece is a small European country located on the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula in the south-eastern part of Europe. A major part of the population (4 out of 11 million) is concentrated in the wider metropolitan area of Athens, Greece’s capital. The birth of the modern Greek print media largely coincided with the struggle for independence from the Ottoman rule in 1821 (Koumarianou 2005), and its development paralleled the growth of political life in the nascent Greek nation-state (Papadimitriou 2005). One result of this growth process was that the state came to strongly intervene into its economy. Greek social life in the past had been dominated by profound schisms: between “modernists” vs. “traditionalists” in the cultural sphere, and “leftists” vs. “rightists.” Each of these spheres came to oppose each other strongly over time (Demertzis and Charalambis 1993; Demertzis 1996).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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