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Greek journalists were ‘coached’ by IMF to report with pro-austerity bias – ex-envoy

 
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Greek journalists were ‘coached’ by IMF to report with pro-austerity bias – ex-envoy
Greek journalists were ‘coached’ by IMF to report with pro-austerity bias – ex-envoy

Posted by GPD on June 19, 2015

The Greek authorities want to investigate alleged misconduct by a number of journalists who attended seminars organized by the IMF and were allegedly instructed to promote the organization’s advice to Greece.

The accusations were voiced by Greece’s former representative to the International Monetary Fund Panagiotis Roumeliotis, who testified Tuesday in front of a special parliamentary committee on the country’s debt. Newspaper Proto Thema published excerpts from the testimony on its website.

Roumeliotis was cited as saying that he accidentally bumped into Greek journalists during a visit to Washington DC, who told him that they were attending a seminar organized by the IMF. The fund held a number of similar events in the US and in Greece with the goal of explaining its operations and apparently was spinning its work positively, he said.

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