No news today: Greek journalists strike against austerity


Greece was hit by a news blackout yesterday as the country's journalists became the latest group of workers to go on strike in protest against new austerity measures.

The 24-hour walkout meant there were no radio or TV news programmes yesterday, and newspapers will not appear today. Tomorrow, most services across Greece will come to a standstill, as the country's two biggest unions stage a general strike against the €11.5bn cutbacks. The strike is expected to close schools, disrupt hospital services and stop trains and ferries.

This week's walkouts follow protests that brought workers – from tax officers to university professors – onto the streets last week. Greece must pass the new cutbacks to continue receiving the rescue loan payments that have kept it afloat since 2010.