Arab Today, arab today greece hit with general strike over state tv closure
Last Updated : GMT 05:09:00
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Media » TV

Greece hit with general strike over state TV closure

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Greece hit with general strike over state TV closure

Athens - AFP

Public services ground to a halt in Greece on Thursday as unions launched a 24-hour general strike in protest over the government\'s decision to shut down public broadcaster ERT as part of sweeping cost-cutting measures. Trains and ferries stood still, hospitals were operating on emergency footing and government offices were shut across the country as part of the action. Air traffic controllers were due to participate in a two-hour work stoppage starting from 1200 GMT and no newspapers were published, with journalists on an indefinite strike because of the government\'s shock move. The socialist and moderate leftist parties supporting the coalition government had called the decision on ERT \"unacceptable\" and a government source said late Wednesday that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras would confer over the issue with his coalition partners. \"The prime minister, who always seeks dialogue, will telephone the political leaders for a meeting in the coming days,\" the government source said. Samaras had defended the closure, saying earlier on Wednesday: \"We are eliminating a hotbed of opacity and waste... We are protecting the public interest.\" The broadcaster\'s television and radio stations were abruptly pulled off air late Tuesday and its nearly 2,700 staff suspended as part of the conservative-led coalition government\'s deeply unpopular austerity drive. \"The ERT lockup amounts to a coup d\'etat,\" leading union GSEE said in a statement as it announced Thursday\'s general strike, the crisis-hit country\'s third such action this year. There was also a protest by journalists in neighbouring Cyprus, where there are fears that the public broadcaster there could go the same way as the government looks to slash spending in the island\'s own austerity drive. The Samaras administration quickly presented legislation creating a new broadcaster called New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) to replace the 60-year-old ERT. \"You can\'t fix a car while it is running, you have to take it off the road,\" government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told journalists. \"It is a temporary postponement.... Everything will pass by parliament, I assure you it\'s all legal,\" he said, promising a \"restart\" during the summer. But coalition partners insisted that even though the government must fight the crisis, this could only be done in \"good faith\" and through consensus. The closure of ERT has created the semblance \"of a political and institutional crisis,\" Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos said. The sudden shutdown of ERT has caused a national uproar, with journalists kicking off their strike on Wednesday while defiant staff staged sit-ins in Athens and Greece\'s second-largest city Thessaloniki. Riot police were stationed outside ERT offices around the country to prevent \"any destruction\", said Kedikoglou, himself a former journalist at the organisation. The government has imposed sweeping public cutbacks demanded by the debt-laden country\'s international lenders in return for a massive bailout. However, the spokesman insisted ERT\'s closure was not part of Greece\'s bailout obligations to the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank. Greece is caught in a six-year recession which critics say has been exacerbated by successive pay and pension cuts imposed at the behest of its creditors. Unemployment now exceeds 26 percent, with half of young people out of work. ERT employees, stunned by the sudden loss of their jobs, were defiantly transmitting rogue broadcasts on the Internet and the Communist party channel, vowing to resist the shutdown. The European Union said it did not question the government decision but pointed out that public broadcasting was \"an integral part of European democracy\". French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a visit to Spain, wondered whether the closure was the \"right way to get people to love political decisions\". \"Closing a public television is never good news,\" Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo added. Media observers acknowledge that ERT has a long history of mismanagement and political meddling, but say the Samaras administration is not free of blame. Recent controversial decisions include the appointment of a former deputy minister\'s daughter as a show host, and the ousting of two journalists who had criticised a minister on air. Messages of support have poured in from the Greek diaspora -- for whom ERT is a vital link to the homeland -- and the Orthodox Church. The government said ERT would reopen with around half its current 2,655 employees. The shutdown followed months of work stoppages by ERT employees angry at plans to restructure the broadcaster. Athens has pledged to cut 4,000 state-sector jobs this year and another 11,000 in 2014 to keep drawing rescue loans under the EU-IMF package.  

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today greece hit with general strike over state tv closure Arab Today, arab today greece hit with general strike over state tv closure

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today 11 family members dead in rebel push

GMT 07:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

11 family members dead in rebel push
Arab Today, arab today To probe sexual harassment claims

GMT 10:08 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

To probe sexual harassment claims
View News in Arabic - Media: تلفزيون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

GMT 16:00 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes
Arab Today, arab today 63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing

GMT 06:34 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 14:51 2017 Monday ,20 February

Ways to acquire presentation skills

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Shawsh reveals her collection "Jewelry of dreams"
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday