Greek Journalists Return To Work Unpaid For What May Be Paper's Last Edition
Eleftherotypia was Greece's second-biggest newspaper, a centre-left daily with a proud tradition of independent reporting and opinion. Founded after the fall of the military dictatorship in 1974, its name means "freedom of the press". With the exception of a couple of special editions brought out by its staff, it has not been published since last December. Its 800 employees -- writers, editors, production staff, print and support workers -- have not been paid their salaries since last August.
Yannis Bogiopoulos, a former feature writer, is a senior subeditor on the politics desk. At 50, he earned €2,000 a month. His wife, a foreign news editor and one-time correspondent, worked for the paper too. She declared herself redundant so that the couple -- who have no children -- at least had one source of income: her unemployment benefit of €600 a month. But like many of the rest of the staff, Yannis has stayed, stuck in some Greek legal no-man's land that has gone far beyond industrial action.