Greek Public Broadcasting Belongs to the Greek People - Solidarity Protest in Brussels

Today the International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and UNI Global

Union Media Entertainment & Arts (UNI-MEI), together with their member organisations

in Belgium, expressed their solidarity with the Greek journalists, media workers

and citizens who are fighting for the independence of the public media in Greece

and resist the closure of the public broadcaster ERT. 

At a rally outside the Greek Embassy in, Brussels,

Belgium, the organisations applauded the hard work and spirit of Greek journalists, media

workers and unions and called on Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, to reverse

this incomprehensible and dangerous decision immediately. IFJ/EFJ and UNI have called for ERT to go

back on the air and the rights of the journalists and media workers respected.

Any reform of the ERT needs to be based on dialogue with the workers and their

representative organisations.


General Secretary, Beth Costa, said: "This decision is simply absurd. It is a major blow to democracy, to media pluralism and to journalism as a public

good in Greece, depriving citizens of their right to level-headed and unbiased information. What happened to the staff from ERT breaks our hearts, it makes us angry but most of all makes

us determined to stand alongside them to call for this decision to be reversed."

UNI Europa, Regional Secretary,

Oliver Roethig said "Greece needs ERT, Greek citizens

need ERT, and most importantly, Greek democracy needs ERT. It is unacceptable

that a pillar of media democracy and cultural diversity in the European and

international audiovisual landscapes is forced to close as a response to the EU

and Troika's demands to meet the goals of a failed austerity policy."

Luc Vandenhoeck, General Sceretary of ACOD-VRT, the media workers union at the

Belgium Broadcaster VRT said "All our unions stand in solidarity with

colleagues at ERT and citizens in Greece. This is a call for resistance to the diktat of the Troika and colleagues

across the world will continue to take actions to help defend public service

broadcasting in Greece."

For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134


UNI MEI represents 140 unions and guilds and 300 000 workers in the media and

entertainment industries in over 70 countries worldwide