Interview with Thanos Dimadis, President of AFC

The editor of CCO Magazine would like to draw readers' attention to the fact that Global Connections Television (GCTV) interviewed Thanos Dimadis, the president of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA about the organization. The editor of CCO Magazine would like to draw readers' attention to the fact that Global Connections Television (GCTV) interviewed Thanos Dimadis, the president of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA about the organization. 

 

 

 

Global Connections Television (GCTV) has a talk show. GCTV is featuring its guests, from leaders at the UN to the private sector to academics to non-governmental organizations. International relations specialist Bill Miller in the GCTV global connections program discusses world events with experts from various fields every week. Global Connections Television (GCTV) has a talk show. GCTV is featuring its guests, from leaders at the UN to the private sector to academics to non-governmental organizations. International relations specialist Bill Miller in the GCTV global connections program discusses world events with experts from various fields every week. 

Bill Miller, the TV show host asked Thanos Dimadis not only about the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA organization but also about his book about Greece, titled "Daedalus of the Eurozone".

 

Bill Miller introduced Thanos Dimadis, who born in Varriya Greece and raised in Brussels Belgium. Possibly the youngest president of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States. 

Thanos Dimadis enthusiastically answered the reporter's questions. Among others, he said, “I've had the honor to serve and to be appointed as president of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA.”

 

Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA

 

Answering Bill Miller's questions Thanos Dimadis introduced the AFC. He said, “We are a non-profit independent organization in our scope and our mission is to represent foreign correspondents based in the United States not just in New York but across the country. When we say foreign correspondents we mean all the international journalists who are living and working in the United States. They represent foreign media. Our one of the major pillars of our mission is to provide scholarships to international journalists and to encourage those journalists to study in the United States. It is not necessarily only in journalism but in other fields that are relevant to their experience, like for example finance, MBA program, history analytics, marketing. I could say that this mission is very important in this rapidly changing media environment. 

We are here to send the message across the media industry in the United States. The foreign correspondents the foreign journalists have a strong representation in this country.”

Thanos Dimadis added to these facts, “We're an independent organization. We don't collaborate with any government across the globe, but we create any strategic alliances with other organizations that represent foreign journalists. 

We have a very great collaboration with the United Nations Correspondents Association. 

I would like to say that it is very important for us, that all of the Foreign Press Center which is working here in the United States we are standing by their work and their mission. I would like to say that the Foreign Press Center of State Department officers is doing an incredible job. They support the Foreign Press. Our mission here is to have a strong independent voice of representation and our viewers can go to our website https://foreignpresscorrespondents.org/ and learn much more about it, and also get registered as a member. 

We have memberships. Of course, we don't have as members all the foreign correspondents existing in the United States but our doors are open to everyone who has credentials and who is an active and working foreign journalist being in the United States.  

The membership fee is $100 per year for every single journalist. Someone can donate to our mission and all the donations are going directly in support of the scholarship awards which we provide to foreign journalists. The epicenter of our mission is education. We believe that foreign journalists working in this country and abroad have to have educational resources.”

 

The freedom of the press

 

Thanos Dimadis in the interview talked about a very important issue of the press. This is the freedom of the press. Thanos Dimadis highlighted, “we work with foreign journalists coming from across the globe from different countries sometimes from authoritarian regimes sometimes from countries where the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press is not taking for granted. 

I could give as an example, Greece. We here in the United States we enjoy the freedom of the press. There are strong institutions, but this is not the case in any single country.”

In the next part of the interview, Bill Miller asked Thanos Dimadis for his opinion about the freedom of the press and the global situation of journalists.

Thanos Dimadis highlighted in his answer, We all see that in the authoritarian regimes are attacking, targeting and victimizing journalists. We see these cases also in the United States but as I said the institutions here and the media organizations are mostly independent in other countries like in Europe or in China or in Turkey or in Latin America. there are cases where journalists are victimized and targeted by the regimes. We see a general trend where journalists are being the target of any political regime that wants to create a political game by attacking journalists. We have to understand here that journalists and journalism as a mission is the cornerstone of our democracy. 

To attack journalists that means hurt our democracy in countries where democratic institutions are not strong enough the journalists are more victimized than are not in a strong position to defend themselves and that's why I think we have an obligation as a community of journalists across the globe to work together in a unified way to protect the journalist.”

Thanos Dimadis added his personal point of view “I was recently reading a report, almost 9 journalists are killed every month across the globe. Most of them are local journalists we're not just talking about the foreign correspondents who are on the battlefield of covering wars on the war zones, but we are talking about local journalists in several countries where they don't have the protection from their governments themselves. They don't have the protection from the system in these countries to be able to freely share their stories and to inform the public about several cases that are public cases their public affairs and that's a scary situation

Thanos Dimadis added in an explanation, “I can say that there is not only the way how you victimize the journalists. It's not just the government that don't support the independence of the press there are governments. I would say that this was the case for the last four years and a half in Greece where the government was using the public state media to defuse stories -  fake news stories - against its political opponents. Against journalists who were not supportive of the government's policies. These are situations which are very concerning and are relevant to what is the level of our democracy in how we can secure that the democratic institution."

 

The "credential" journalists

 

Bill Miller's question regarding the tasks of the AFC, Thanos Dimadis answered, “Our members credential journalists based in the US, like our vice president. Susanne Modares is a credential journalist here in the UN. Like most of the people covering the UN-related matters the issues that are related to peace and security on the top of their agenda.

I think, that the journalist covering these issues particularly from the standpoint of the United Nations are so important to spread the word about the role of the United Nations in any single region across the globe and the work that the United Nations produce is so important. 

We need a strong representation of those people who are covering these stories and we have members based in the UN but also we are not only focusing on these matters. We're also focusing on other matters, for example, we are developing an LGBTQ program for LGBTQ journalists coming from countries where the LGBTQ community is not acceptable. We need to make sure that those people are having access to the rights that they deserve as human beings.”

 

“Daedalus of the Eurozone”

 

In the second part of the interview, Bill Miller questioned Thanos Dimadis about his book and the economical situation in Greece and Europe. Thanos Dimadis wrote about the book about the financial crisis in Greece called the “Daedalus of the Eurozone”. Bill Miller's first question was why he gave this title to the book?

Thanos Dimaids gave a clear answer “Daedalus is a Greek mythological figure and the situation is similar. Daedalus doesn't know how to find directions towards the exit in a labyrinth. Dedalus means also that there is no any specific recipe of how a country can get back to the growth of how a country can give again the prospect to its young people into its young generation to get back to work and how it can create opportunities for developing the economy and how it can modernize the economy.”

At the end of the interview, Thanos Dimadis talked about the economic situation in Greece and the problems of the European Union.

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The editor of CCO Magazine would like to draw readers' attention to the fact that Global Connections Television (GCTV) interviewed Thanos Dimadis, the president of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA about the organization.

Source: GCTV