Socialist Worker

A new workers' paper in Greece

by Moissis Litsis in Athens
Issue No. 2291

The cover of the first issue of the paper produced by occupying workers

The cover of the first issue of the paper produced by occupying workers

A new newspaper produced entirely under workers’ control in Greece hit the shelves on Wednesday of last week—and became the highest circulation paper in Athens.

The first issue of The Workers in Eleftherotypia, produced by striking workers at the liberal Eleftherotypia newspaper, sold 31,000 copies across Greece. It had a 40,000 print run.

Some 19,000 copies were sold in Athens alone—an increase on the original paper’s circulation.

We tried to be similar to the original newspaper because we wanted to demonstrate that we, the workers, are Eleftherotypia, and not the owners.

The front page led with reports on the latest huge demonstration against austerity. But it also carried other news, such as a football match report. We also had a page about the problems in other newspapers and the media.

So far we have had largely positive comments.

Moissis Litsis is a member of the Eleftherotypia newspaper workers’ committee and an executive member of the Athens journalists’ union.

Send solidarity messages to the Eleftherotypia workers’ committee at [email protected]

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.