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#1 Retired in Crete

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:48 AM

Current negative reporting of the situation in Greece, by portraying it as a violent and dangerous place is affecting the tourist industry.

You can sign a petition asking for more balanced reporting here:


It may just have an effect. Remember every little helps!


Edited once to put BBC in capital letters

Edited twice to say "You cannot correct the title line!" Why not?
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:38 AM

I'm sorry but it does'nt matter where you are in the world one always only gets to hear about the "negative" things going on, the simple fact is that bad news attracts and good news gets sidelined. IF i was holidaying in mainland GREECE this year i would be grateful for any reporting from news agenicies, including the bbc. As i'm holidaying in Crete where the mood seems to be more passive, then i listen to my friends and trust my own intuition. To be perfectly honest i'm more concerned about volcanic ash preventing our flight departure and the euro rate than anything else just now :blush:

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:36 AM

Ironicaly this was announced today by BBC Athens....

Greek minister loses job over husband's unpaid taxes
By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, Athens

Angela Gerekou
Ms Gerekou filed joint tax returns with her husband

A tax scandal has led to the dismissal of Greece's deputy tourism minister.

Angela Gerekou was forced to go after a newspaper revealed that her husband, a popular singer, owed more than 5m euros in unpaid taxes and fines.

The revelation was a huge embarrassment for the government, which is forcing millions of Greeks to endure wage and pension cuts and tax rises.

The austerity moves are to pay off a national debt caused, in part, by corruption and tax evasion.

Just days after Greece's socialist government named and shamed 57 doctors for failing to pay their taxes, the left leaning newspaper Eleftherotypia came up with a scoop that shattered the honest image that Prime Minister George Papandreou has been trying to project.

The paper revealed that Tolis Voskopoulos, an aging popular singer owed millions in unpaid taxes, and that he and his wife, Angela Gerekou, the deputy tourism minister and a political protegee of Mr Papandreou, had filed joint tax declarations for years.

The conservative opposition demanded that the minister be sacked on moral grounds.

Within hours, Ms Gerekou, a glamorous former film actress had gone.

A government statement claimed she had resigned out of sensitivity and to avoid causing any damage to the government.

The scandal is bound to fuel growing demands for the lifting of parliamentary immunity which protects politicians from prosecution.

It also comes at a time when some analysts have criticised the government's tactics over the tax-avoiding doctors.

One commentator, Nikos Xydakis, writing in the Kathimerini newspaper, condemned the expose as a populist publicity stunt, that would not quell public anger over the unfairness of the austerity measures but would pour more oil on the flames.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 06:28 PM

The story has a slightly different slant here http://www.ekathimer.../05/2010_117130 ! Is this an instance of BBC negative reporting or do they know better?