ERT CLOSURE: GENERAL STRIKE IN ALL GREEK MEDIA!

DAYS OF STRIKES FOR THE DEFENCE OF PUBLIC MEDIA ERT

ERT: Stage of resistance and fight for the public media and the social good of information. Thousands of supporters outside of ERT premises in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities in Greece. Daily assemblies, meetings, events, concerts. New “solidarity” radio and television programs!

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Thousands of people in Greece for 5th day are outside of the premises of Greek Radio-Television ERT in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities in Greece, in solidarity to the 2.700 employees and defending the role of public media and information as a social good. All of them against the government dictatorial-style decision to close down state media (3 national tv channels, one satellite, 5 radios and 19 regional studios), have transformed ERT buildings as centers of resistance and fight.

Daily assemblies of employees and supporters take place, events and discussions are organized inside and outside the studios and a new programs for radios and tv channels –the so called “solidarity programs”. Signal is going on the air through internet, local channels, regional stations (after the intervention of police forces blocking the transmitters).

Groups have been formed to deal with matters such as function, actions and new program. This is based on issues of public goods like water, health, forests etc, but also the content of public media, which today are controlled by the government. Just to notice that many of today’ supporters are strongly critic to the role of media, especially this period of imposed brutal austerity measures by the government according to IMF-EU dictated policies.

Tonight a big concerts are organized outside the premises in Athens (Ag. Paraskevi) and in Thessaloniki (L. Stratou), while by midnight it will be an online live communication with the squares Taxim (Instabul) and Tahrir (Cairo). Tomorrow evening at 19:00 a protest-demonstration is organized.

The employees in printing media are also on strike from Thursday, meaning that now there is a GENERAL STRIKE IN ALL MEDIA IN GREECE and no Saturday-Sundays’ newspapers will be on circulation. Some publishers are trying to print kind of strike-breaking papers. The response of the Unions in media is a newspaper called “Non-binding View”, which is going to be available in all the country by tomorrow.

“ERT AND PUBLIC MEDIA BELONG TO THE PEOPLE AND WILL STAY OPEN FOR IT’S SERVICE” (Employees in ERT)

“Non-Aligned Press”, journalist movement: asyntaxtostypos.org

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