Greece Multiplies Initiatives Against Closing Public Television

viernes, 14 de junio de 2013

14 de junio de 2013, 16:06Athens, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Efforts to end the suspension of the public radio and television broadcaster of Greece (ERT) multiplied during the last hours in the capital, although the executive insists that the closure is definitive.

The breakthrough decision ignored not only the opinion of ERTâ�Ös two partners, but also the President, Karolos Papoulias, who considered that ERT can be « restructured while it is still operating » and this should be done as soon as possible.

At the same time, the president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Jean-Paul Phillips, came to Athens to deliver the government a letter signed by 51 leaders of European public media which demanded the return of workers and ERT emissions.

Phillips described the measure as undemocratic and unprofessional and said the executive underestimates the existence of public service broadcasting in Greece and its independence from the government.

After the meeting between the EBU President and the Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Sturnaras, the decision taken by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was clear. Samaras intends to reopen the chain as soon as possible, but this can not be done immediately, Sturnarás explained.

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, also expressed his concern about the injunction against the ERT and described this as a threat to the right of Europeans to media freedom and pluralism.


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Greece Multiplies Initiatives Against Closing Public Television

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