DML Executive Summary: Greece
Greece is attempting to promote digital media literacy through various initiatives and actions aimed to combat misformation and hate speech. However, the country still has a long way to go. Following is a high level overview of the current state of DML in Greece, with the data and sources being pulled from the attached spreadsheet.
DML and Misinformation
- Digital media literacy and misinformation became a hot political topic during the 2019 European Parliamentary elections in Greece.
- Greek officials also believe that misinformation directly contributed to the rise in measles cases, as vaccination rates fell. Anti-vaccine narratives are being spread by Russian bots and trolls.
- When misinformation began to spread about the Prespa Agreement between Greece and Macedonia, the government took the action of publishing the full agreement on the internet.
- The Greek Government further aims to promote digital media literacy through educational coalitions, digital repositories and learning platforms aimed at both schoolchildren and the wider public.
DML Key Players
- Key players for the promotion of digital media literacy in Greece include civic societies (Media Literacy Institute, ECREA, Lifelong Learning Platform, Karpos), academia (Hellenic Audivisual Institute), professional associations (EKOME, Journalists about Journalism), cross-sector collaborations (Melde Project, Athens Technology Center, SOMA).
- These organizations aim to promote digital media literacy through educational initiatives, training professionals, supporting experts removal and combating misinformation and giving platforms for people to voice concerns over digital media.
- Key initiatives in Greece to promote digital media literacy are the EUforia, Animasyros, The Mythos Project, Bookmarks and The Greek Media Digital Literacy Week.
- These initiatives support things like intercultural learning and appreciation, combating hate speech, raising awareness of media and disinformation and promoting collaboration and creativity.
Future of DML
- Several opinion pieces about Greek digital media literacy suggest work needs to be done to improve it, especially at school level. This may involve further educator training, curriculum redesign and promoting critical thinking.
- Furthermore, more training and awareness is needed from journalists. This will increase news quality and professionalism.