[MGSA-L] Archaeology and the media / Greece

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 22:53:25 PST 2014


News: Archaeology and the media / Greece

http://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2014/12/18/unfortunately-arent-joking/



After the innumerous press releases about Amphipolis, the Greek Cultural
Ministry demands total control over media and the dissemination of
information relating to archaeological finds.-+Listen18 12 '14 13:27
Unfortunately, they aren’t joking…The recently issued circular by the
Cultural Ministry caused a furore
The circular recently issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
entitled “Information regarding the proper management of material
channelling to the Press,” has rightly caused a furore. The text was sent
to the directorates of Antiquities, Byzantine Monuments, Conservation of
Modern Monuments, Intangible Cultural Heritage etc., and to all state
museums.

The circular contains “guidelines about the management of disclosure to the
media of any kind of information relating to archaeological finds, work and
activities of the services attached to the General Directorate of
Antiquities and Cultural Heritage”, namely information relating to
archaeological data of archaeological sites, historical spaces, museums and
intangible cultural heritage. In brief, any information about current
developments in the cultural-academic landscape of Greece.

According to the circular “The dissemination of archaeological material to
the international, national or local media, or the Internet requires the
prior notification of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural
Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, with regard to the request
and the institution submitting it, in order that the relevant approval is
granted or not. Furthermore, the above mentioned material should not under
any circumstances be shared in the social media (facebook, twitter, blogs
etc.)”.

In case information material is to be broadcasted in the media (radio or TV
shows etc.), “it should also be previously submitted to the General
Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, in order that a common
procedure of addressing the subject is ensured, thus contributing to the
appropriate visibility of the country’s cultural heritage and its proper
enhancement”.

As for the support and promotion of the scientific work of the services
attached to the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in
their websites, the uploading of the specific material must be achieved
through appropriate posts and not in the form of Press Releases, and in any
case after notification and authorisation by the competent directorates of
the Central Service, depending on their content.”

“They must be joking”

The Association of Greek Archaeologists’ response to this circular was
immediate. The Press Release the Association  issued on its website is
entitled “They must be joking”, and reads:

“How else should we interpret the new circular sent to all the services of
the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage (…) The
phrasing of this circular, which isn’t grounded on any law whatsoever,
makes us wonder if in the age of digital technology and infinite
possibilities provided by the modern media for presenting and communicating
the archaeological work, the General Directorate of Antiquities and the
political leadership are trying not only to check and approve but in
reality to censor anything published by the local services.

“Moreover, the demand of control and approval from the directorates of the
Central Service also applies to the presentation of their scientific work,
for which they have an established copyright according to the law N.
3028/2002 “For the protection of Antiquities and the Cultural Heritage in
general”.

Recently, the Association of Greek Archaeologists points out, when the new
Organisation of the Ministry of Culture and Sports has been applied, the
departments of communication and presentation of the Ephorates of
Antiquities and the Greek Museums have been shut down, while a Special
Service of Projecting and Promoting the Cultural Heritage and Modern
Creation has been established, which is under the direct authority of the
Minister.

Also, according to the Press Release of the Association, “We have all
witnessed the unprecedented for Greek archaeology communication management
of the Amphipolis excavation by the political leadership itself. A
communicative exploitation of a significant archaeological find, shaped by
ignorant extra-institutional actors, marked by the boundless and mindless
flowing of information, which were reproduced in all kinds of media, beyond
any kind of professional ethics and without any serious scientific or
communicative criteria, serving ends which had nothing to do with the
science of archaeology and the presentation of the country’s cultural
heritage”.

NOTES
1. ΥΠΠΟΑ
2. http://www.sea.org.gr/

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