Dimitris Rapidis

BBC network hosted yesterday an interview with Golden Dawn deputy Ilias Panagiotaros. The deputy talked about the goals and ideas of his party, the conditions in the Greek society, and the way his colleagues endeavor to combat against the crisis. Just to remind you, Golden Dawn is the racist, neo-nazi party that entered the Greek Parliament for the first time on last June election and now opinion polls are showing a singificant increase in its percentage, which is expected to have mounted up to 12%.

The deputy underlined for the first time that in Greece we have “civil war” where someone finds two opposing fronts: from the one side we have the nationalists (i.e. racists) and from the other side we find illegal immigrants, anarchists and any other that is blamed for the current downfall of the country. Needless to point out that this separation is completely superficial and fictional as there is no civil war, nor certain groupings that participate on it. His sayings are a total propaganda and a definite effort to polarize Greek society now that conditions give space for it.

The decision of BBC to invite such a figure to talk about what is happening in Greece is fundamentally misleading. You are not at least ethically allowed to invite someone that is responsible for incidents of violence, exerts racist and segregate propaganda, threats anyone that denies the ideas of his party, and turns the chasing of immigrants into his hobby. Furthermore, you cannot invite someone who embeds the darkest ideas of race discrimination, disrespects democracy and considers the Parliament as the filthiest institution of the regime.

Therefore, I firmly believe that by inviting such a person, BBC accepts his racist propaganda and fosters his views into a wider scale. And here come the following questions: are the media responsible for the increase of rasicm in Greece and Europe or they just ignore to ponder upon such moral and political issues? Is democracy safeguarded or anyone that has something provocative and timely “catchy” to say should be heard publicly?

To go one step further, just take into consideration the propaganda of Goebels during the Weimar Republic. It started considerably calmly, got big, and turned to be extremely radicalized and racist when electoral conditions and the mainstream media solidified its appeal. If you put this comparison into practice in the Greek case, it seems that if we keep going like that, Golden Dawn will start dominating media and diffusing their ideas in an evenly bigger part of the Greek society. In this scenario, I will not even dare to wonder what the consequences might be, 67 years after the fall of Hitler’s regime in Europe.

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  1. Right, the BBC only should invite people who Dimitri Rapidis would personaly approve the opinions of? Doesn’t this precisely remind to him Goebbels’s propaganda strategy? If the BBC no longer invites anyone racist or nationalist , or seemingly playing with immigration themes and foreign threats, well who’s anymore going to be interviewed on the BBC? Only presidents of associations for human-rights, animal-protection, charity, and the environment?

    Shouldn’t the British hear anything about the so-called “Euro-phobe” politicians for example? Won’t they anymore have a clue who such people as Berlusconi (or Sarkozy, Paul Ryan, Chavez, Poutine etc..) are, because their profil wouldn’t enough fit the standards of Dimitri’s beloved political-correctness? What kind of information will then the british taxpayer be provided with, and are these “taboo-subjects” really supposed to eradicate the frustration and anger people might still feel towards politics, whatever the “official” discourse may display?

    1. Dear Mathias,

      Dealing with politics, I believe we can both agree to the fact that mainstream and globally-wired media like to “play” with issues that ignite and fuel the public with anger, racism, discrimination, fear, and unrest rather than trying to unveil actions of solidarity, bright ideas, and pionnering figures that are working behind the scenes. These are the real “taboo-subjects” that you are mentioning.

      Furthermore, I really find it at least boring -not to say appaling- for someone to hear the interview of a “politician” being illiterate, nonsense, racist, arguing about “civil war” in Greece. I find nothing informative on that, nor to any other “politician”or public figure that takes advantage of publicity in order to divide and not to unite or at least to bring some skepticism on the table.

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