Friday, May 04, 2007

(Greek) Journalists

I just discovered my oldest brother's blog. (in Greek here). He's a ship engineer and he's been writing on a lethal fatal ship accident that happened recently near Santorini. Actually, he's been mostly criticizing the way Greek journalists handle the whole situation -usually with articles of nonsense and TV coverage/discussions of the lowest possible level... and he's been very upset with them.

Anyway, let's see how civilized journalists in civilized countries handle cultural subjects.

The main newspaper of Finland Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish here), is in my opinion the equivalent of Pravda in the old Soviet Union, at least as cultural news are concerned. Before anyone reacts, I should mention that in a country with a population of 5 million -that is 4 million adults- Hesari (the newspaper's nickname) is read by 1,2 million -they claim. It might be even higher this last number. Furthermore, it's the only Helsinki newspaper that writes about culture (and I mean arts, not entertainment) every single day of the week. [everyone-and everything- has a nickname in Finland, from professors to newspapers...]

So, they more or less decide about many things overthere. It was weird to see them publish a survey they did for themselves several weeks ago: they asked around 300 artists and persons that are involved with arts who they think is in Finland the most influential institution on arts. A bit over 100 answered, and they placed Hesari in the first position.

During the International paulo sello competition they had a favourite already after the first round, and chose the winner before the second leg of the final round. I mentioned this fact to some Finns and they reacted in a rather naive way. You see, they didn't believe that a national newspaper can affect an international jury. They are right if you ask me. BUT, this wasn't my point.

There's always an audience in competitions, and most likely this competition's audience was reading Hesari. From the 25 participants, 5 were Finns (25%), they can read the newspaper. From the 12 semifinalists 3 (still 25%) were Finns too. From the 6 finalists 2 (33%) were -guess what- Finns. So, imagine being in your own country, reading the country's only (pardon me, I mean biggest) newspaper, and they more or less ignore you. How would you feel? I wasn't participating, I couldn't since I'm not a cellist, and still I was a bit angry. I believe somehow in ethics and ethical codes -and journalists shoould have some. Especially in "civilized" Western countries. Even more, when members of the Hesari's staff are also on the staff of the Sibelius Academy (a monopoly).

As Maj Lind comp. starts soon, I will be reading the newspaper. This time not as an outsider but as a participant. I wish them to be more careful, because I will react with letters if they show again some lack of - how do they call it in journalism???- is it objectivity???


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Anonymous said...

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proinos said...

Τουλάχιστον εκεί στη Φινλανδία έχουν γνώση του θέματος οι κριτικοί και δημοσιογραφούντες? ή είναι όπως στην Ελλάδα που νομίζουμε ότι είμασταν ακροατές σε άλλη συναυλία όταν διαβάζουμε τις περισσότερες κριτικές...

Στέφανος Νάσος said...

Κριτικές για συναυλίες που ΔΕΝ έγιναν πάντως δεν γράφουν...

Δε γνωρίζω πόσο καλές γνώσεις διαθέτουν -διαβάζω την εφημερίδα (τις κριτικές δηλαδή) μόλις μερικούς μήνες- οπότε κάθε διάγνωση θα είναι λάθος. Είναι γεγονός όμως ότι είναι παντοδύναμοι -ως μονοπωλιακό καθεστώς- και επηρεάζουν τα πάντα. Αν σου γράψουν καλή κριτική έχεις λαμπρό μέλλον σ'αυτή τη χώρα, αν όχι, προς μετακόμιση...

Τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας τους ήταν εντυπωσιακά -ή απογοητευτικά... αναλόγως πως το βλέπει. (Δεύτερο στην έρευνα η φιλανδική ΕΡΑ και τρίτο το υπ. πολιτισμού...)