Panagiotis Vourhas would like to remind you remaining calm whist being pelted live on TV with eggs and yoghurt is a well endowed quality to have if one is to pursue a career as a newsman interviewing controversial guests….
It seems Panagiotis Vourhas, a popular newscaster on the Greek network Epiros TV1 got more than he bargained for over the weekend after what ITN reports was the intrusion of 17 protesters who decided to spectacularly voice their displeasure at the host’s recent line up of guests.
itn.co.uk: Panagiotis Vourhas was interviewing a local politician on Epiros TV1 when he came face to face with protesters who had broken into the station.
Before he could move, he was splattered with a volley of yoghurt and eggs. Vourhas appeared to remain calm during the attack, cleaning his laptop as more dairy products covered the back of his suit.
The 17 intruders shouted pro-immigration and anti-facism slogans as they carried out their attack. They were angry at a spokesman of an openly neo-Nazi party being invited onto the private channel’s talk show.
In a nation beseeched with economic and social disarray, it seems that the ongoing dramatic show of public disenchantment with their lot has now spread to that of the press which one assuages has tempered the ire of various citizens frustrated with the demise of civil liberties and economic opportunities.
On one level one has to wonder if by having interviewed a contention figure head, the leader of an openly Neo Nazi party, the network was being irresponsible but on the other hand one could certainly also argue the role of good journalism requires that the media give voice to even those individuals and entities many would openly find reprehensible and allow viewers to make up their own mind. Although that said one is inclined to wonder if the network has a history of instigating discord by championing those entities that are openly understood to hold positions that many find combative and inflammatory..
Perhaps as an indication of the severity of the issue ITN notes that the anti immigration Golden Dawn party is credited with more than 5 % of voting popularity in recent polls, certainly raising the specter that as distasteful as some individuals and entities may find such groups, the articulation of such movement’s themes and concerns in a free thinking society ought to be allowed. Or not?
It should also be noted that Greece has had a long history with fascist governments attempting to take power with civil war erupting during the 1960’s which saw the control of that nation’s power in the hands of a puppet controlled military junta before later being assuaged by covert American interest intervention…