freelance journalist and producer
Menelaos “Manos” Tzafalias is a freelance journalist and producer who just completed a six-month stint as a tourist industry worker on the island of Kos. As a result of the Greek debt crisis, he made a jump from lifestyle and food journalism to covering politics, economics and social affairs in his native Greece.
His work has appeared in the Bulletin of the WHO, the Economist, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph and on Al Jazeera English Opinion, the BBC and other international media outlets.
Two recurring themes in his coverage are: the growing loss of Greece’s sovereignty to its official sector creditors and the collapse of its social model; and the mass movement of people from Africa and Asia to northern Europe through Greece.
Menelaos was an associate producer for Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre, a documentary about migrants and labour relations in early 20th century America.
Having grown up in Apartheid-era South Africa and Communist-ruled Romania, he knows things can change for the better despite all contemporary indications to the contrary.