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    Coverage of Ukraine Conflict Erodes Greeks' Trust in European Media

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    A year-long conflict in southeast Ukraine, which Western media say is fueled by Russia, has worn down the Greek public's trust in domestic and European news sources, experts told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) An ICM Research poll commissioned by Sputnik demonstrated that the majority of Europeans place little to no trust in their country's mainstream media's coverage of the Ukrainian conflict. Greek respondents showed the least faith in news outlets, as over two-thirds of those polled indicated that they "fairly" or "totally" distrust domestic media.

    Ethnoas magazine analyst Dimitris Liatsos said coverage of the conflict by Western news outlets provides a "striking example" of media bias.

    "That is why people stopped believing Greek media and the news coming from Europe and Greece," Liatsos told Sputnik.

    The analyst pointed to over 100,000 ethnic Greeks living in southeastern Ukraine and Crimea, the "absolute majority" of whom rose against a pro-EU government to protect their homes.

    "Despite a flagrant information attack launched in early spring last year, the fierce misinformation made less and less impact on Greek society, which is why Greeks generally do not trust the information that comes from Western media about Ukraine," Liatsos said.

    Athanassios Argyrakis, a reporter with the Eleutheros Typos newspaper, assessed that the majority of Western media have been "systematically discrediting the Greek people as lazy and cheaters who only steal" in their coverage of the Eurozone member states' debt crisis.

    "This became the reason why the Greek society is especially mistrustful – and sometimes even aggressive – toward Western mainstream media," Argyrakis told Sputnik.

    The Greek journalist said domestic news outlets are, on balance, more objective than Western media and cannot be characterized as radically anti-Russian.

    Out of 4,000 EU citizens polled by ICM, only 4 percent considered mainstream media reporting on the conflict in southeastern Ukraine to be absolutely trustworthy.

    The international public opinion research project Sputnik.Polls was launched in 2014, in conjunction with leading British public opinion survey specialists ICM Research. It conducts regular opinion polls to monitor public sentiment toward social, political and cultural issues in Europe and the United States.

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