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Shock as Greece shuts down public broadcaster

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Arab Today, arab today Shock as Greece shuts down public broadcaster

Athens - AFP

Greece\'s government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of public television and radio broadcaster ERT, in a shock move that affects nearly 2,700 jobs. Thousands rushed to the broadcaster\'s main headquarters in a northern Athens suburb shortly after the announcement to show their support. \"ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now,\" government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said at a news conference. His announcement comes after months of work stoppages by ERT employees in opposition to plans to restructure the broadcaster as demanded by debt-laden Greece\'s so-called troika of international creditors. Nearly 500 people also gathered outside the organisation\'s Thessaloniki branch in northern Greece as news editors union Poesy called on private broadcasters to hold an immediate work stoppage in solidarity. Kedikoglou said the organisation will reopen at a later stage under a new format and with considerably fewer employees. As screens around the country went black, the corridors of the broadcaster\'s headquarters were filled with stunned employees, who seemed at a loss, an AFP journalist reported. \"This is a total shock,\" ERT journalist Pantelis Gonos told AFP. \"We are in contact with a legal advisor and international media organisations.\" ERT kept broadcasting as more supporters gathered outside its headquarters, but shortly after 2000 GMT transmission was suspended, reportedly in the presence of the police. According to the state-run Athens News Agency, the gradual process of switching off transmitters around the country started at 1900 GMT. \"Police went onto the mountain and neutralised our people\" who managed the transmitter, said Nikos Roukounakis, who said he has been an engineer at ERT for 30 years. \"This is a coup d\'etat,\" Alexis Tsipras, leader of main opposition party Syriza, who rushed to the ERT premises, told reporters. As transmission was cut, the finance ministry released a statement saying the broadcaster as an entity had been abolished. \"ERT belongs to the Greek people... It is the only independent, public voice and it has to remain public... We condemn the government\'s sudden decision,\" public sector union GSEE said in a statement. The government said all current employees will be compensated and will be allowed to reapply for a job at a revamped organisation. The junior partners of Greece\'s three-party, conservative-led coalition government also expressed opposition to the shock closure. \"We absolutely disagree with the government\'s particular decisions and management,\" said socialists Pasok. \"We will not vote in favour of the law validating this legislative act,\" the party added, noting nonetheless that governmental cohesion was not at stake. On Monday, representatives of Greece\'s European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank creditors began a regular audit of the country\'s progress in implementing its austerity programme and structural reforms. The reforms demanded of Greece include a drastic reduction of the public sector and the merging or closing of public organisations. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) urged the cash-strapped country to backtrack on the closure, saying it was a major blow to media independence. It said in a statement that EBU president Jean Paul Philippot and its director general Ingrid Deltenre had written to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to urge him to \"use all his powers to immediately reverse this decision\". \"While we recognise the need to make budgetary savings, national broadcasters are more important than ever at times of national difficulty. This is not to say that ERT need be managed less efficiently than a private company. Naturally, all public funds must be spent with the greatest of care,\" said Philippot and Deltenre in their letter to Samaras. The EBU underlined that the ERT move was the result of emergency powers granted to the finance minister and his counterpart whose portfolio covers broadcasting.

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