The IMF turned out to train Greek journalists and make them promote the needed information.
Former Greek representative to the IMF revealed that the Fund financed Greek journalists. The journalists also had to follow regular seminars.
Greece's former representative to the IMF, Panagiotis Roumeliotis, in front of the special parliamentary committee on the Greek debt, said that several Greek journalists were "trained" in Washington D.C. in order to promote the positions of the IMF and the European Commission in Greek media.
According to Roumeliotis, the seminars and training classes took place in Washington D.C., as well as various sessions taking place in Greece.
Parliament President and head of the committee, Zoe Konstantopoulou, noted that the committee investigating Greece's debt would seek to discover the names of the journalists that took part in Washington's training sessions.
Roumeliotis noted that when he was in Washington D.C. he accidentally met with Greek journalists who told him that they were invited to attend seminars on the function of the IMF. He said that the committee can ask the organization's Director of Communications Department, Gerry Rice, for a list of journalists' names who attended such seminars in D.C.
Konstantopoulou adopted the proposal and appointed a committee member to draft a formal request to the IMF.
"In Greece, certain individuals who work for the mass media were contracted to conceal the fact that the Greek debt was not sustainable."
Roumeliotis further testified that head of the IMF "Christine Lagarde and other high officials at the IMF contacted me before my testimony before the committee to remind me that members of the IMF are immune from prosecution."
Konstantopoulou named television journalist Yiannis Pretenteris as one of the journalists attending the IMF classes. According to Konstantopoulou, the popular Greek journalist admitted in his book that he attended the IMF seminars.
Roumeliotis went on to say that several economists and university professors also attempted to convince the public that the debt was sustainable...adding that he puts them in the same category as the journalists.
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