On March 26, 2019, the news website www.pronews.gr posted a publication entitled “ “Huge Crowd of 3,000 supporters of the Golden Dawn party gathers for the announcement its European Parliament ticket “, according to which the far-right party a day earlier organized a gathering for the announcement of its candidate MEPs. The event, as reported in the article, was attended by 3,000 supporters. The article is accompanied by several images and a video that broadcasts the entire event.
However and in contrast with the reports of the Pronews news website for 3,000 participants, the Golden Dawn party in its official press release argues that in the event attended few hundreds and not thousands of supporters. “The Stalinist Junta does not stop us: Flooding in the Golden Dawn Presentation – First Images” and the second “Full presentation of the candidates for the Golden Dawn MEPs – VIDEO“.
As a result, Pronews claims are not justified even from the official press release of Golden Dawn party. This particular publication of Pronews is not true even though it essentially reproduces the Golden Dawn party press release. The use of excessive titles and claims as in this case undermines trust in media organizations and journalistic practices. journalistic It is a misleading phenomenon according to the elements that is based on.
Photo published both on the party’s homepage and on the Pronews website and portrays the audience of the event.
It is sensible consequence, therefore, that from the amount of news sites only one has decided to reproduce this news, while carefully avoiding referring to more details about the event. However, the original article as published by the far-right party does not refer to an exact number of participants but only to a few hundred. However, Pronews states a gathering of 3,000 party executives, an assessment that is not based on true and verifiable data. As no official announcement on the number of participants in the event has been published. The above ambiguity leads us to the conclusion that the news is Mostly True.
Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi, School of Journalism & MC, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR