Greece: media on strike, one year after state TV closed

Four-hour walkout, demo in Athens tonight

11 June, 10:25

    Almost a year ago, Police ended occupation at the Greek state broadcaster building Almost a year ago, Police ended occupation at the Greek state broadcaster building

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JUNE 11 - Media employees across Greece on Wednesday will strike from midday till 4 pm to express solidarity for ERT state broadcaster workers one year after Greek State television was shut down by the government, on June 11 last year.

    ''As reporters' associations from all of Greece, we confirm once again that we want State television to re-open immediately.

    On June 11, the day in which the government decided to close public television, we call on all workers, and all unions to stage a demonstration to send a message to the government: we will not stop until they will not change their barbaric policies''.

    A protest in front of the headquarters of ERT has been scheduled at 7 pm local time and politicians as well as local administrators have been invited to talk.

    One year ago, the Greek government decided the closure of the State broadcaster and the layoff of hundreds of employees. It was a decision that shocked Greece and the international community.

    The director general of the European Broadcasting Union, Ingrid Deltenre, said at the time that such a decision had never been taken before in a country that was not at war. The leader of the National federation of the Italian press, Franco Siddi, had called it an ''extremely dangerous decision which can lead to absolutely unacceptable emulation cases''. (ANSAmed)

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