IFJ/EFJ Call for Affiliates to Take Action in Support of Greek Colleagues

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and

the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called for affiliates across

the world to support their colleagues sacked from Greek broadcasting station TV

and fight to reverse the "deplorable" decision.

The IFJ/EFJ are calling on affiliates to show their

support by holding demonstrations outside the Greek embassies in their


IFJ/EFJ, along with the AVBB (General Association of Professional Journalists of Belgium), are calling on journalists and media workers to come along to a protest of solidarity outside the Greek embassy in Brussels, at Karmelietenstraat 10, near Porte de Namur, tomorrow

morning at 10am.

Messages of support for the staff at ERT can also be

emailed to: info@poesy.gr; info@esiemth.gr; info@esiea.gr; dralli@esiea.gr


A letter, signed by IFJ President, Jim Boumelha, has

been sent to Greek Prime Minister Antonios Samaras, expressing the IFJ's

"dismay and shock" at the decision of the Greek government to stop ERT's

transmission at midnight on Tuesday.

The letter states: "We condemn unreservedly this

development - the first in the history of European broadcasting - and join the

European Broadcasting Union to remind you of your commitment in the European

Treaty your country signed five years ago recognising public service

broadcasting, whose existence and independence lie at the heart of our

democracies, as one of the pillars of the media pluralism throughout the

European Union."

The letter explains that the IFJ will be mobilising

its 180 journalists' member unions across the world to "stand shoulder to

shoulder with our colleagues in Greece and help them fight to reverse this

deplorable decision."

The letter concludes by stating that the IFJ is

willing to work alongside its Greek affiliates to explore solution, but urges

the Greek government to "intervene and re-establish ERT's broadcasting


You can read the letter here: IFJ Letter to Greek Prime Minister.doc

Commenting on the situation, EFJ President, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, said: "I am deeply concerned about this decision. Public service broadcasting is vitally important for democracy in Greece, indeed it is more important than ever at this time of crisis. Historically it has been the cornerstone of democracy and it is crucial that the Greek government reverses its decision.

"Organisations working with the media across Europe must stand together and make every effort to fight this decision, and European politicans must take action to reestablish public broadcasting in Greece. This is not solely a situation affecting Greece, it could have serious repurcussions for other countries in Europe too."

You can watch the

events in Athens live now at: http://www3.ebu.ch/cms/fr/sites/ebu/contents/news/2013/06/monitor-ert-online.html

IFJ affiliates

across the world have expressed their solidary with staff at ERT:

EFJ delegates, meeting in Cyprus to promote diversity

in the media, issued a statement,

with support of participants, to express their "indignation and shock of

the brutal closure of the public broadcasting service in Greece".  They have also signed a petition calling for the

government to reversie its decision, which is being sent to the Greek embassy

in Cyprus: http://bit.ly/172lOkP

In Austria, the EFJ/IFJ affiliate GPA-DJP expressed its solidarity and sent a message to Greek journalists and media workers.

In Hungary, the Association

of Hungarian Journalists (Magyar Ujságírók Országos Szövetsége MUOSZ) have

given their support: http://www.emasa.hu/cikk.php?page=radio&id=10806

In Spain, the IFJ affiliates have shown widespread support for the staff at ERT. Federación de Servicios a la Ciudadania

de CC.OO (FSC-CC.OO), published this statement: Comunicado

Sector Cierre ERT Griega ENG.doc

FAPE has also expressed solidiarity with the staff at ERT: http://www.fape.es/la-presidenta-de-la-fape-expresa-su-apoyo-a-los-trabajadores-de-la-radio-y-television-publicas-gri-818827521460.htm

And FeSP have called for action: http://periodismoparaperiodistas.blogspot.ie/2013/06/los-sindicatos-espanoles-de-periodistas.html Staff from RTVE

organised a protest at its headquarters in Madrid to show their support

In France, SNJ-CGT have issued a joint statement condemning the closure: http://www.snj.fr/

In Germany, Ver.di have issued a statement supporting the workers. A demonstration will be held in Cologne on 19 June to show their solidarity with Greek journalists.

In the Netherlands, the union (NVJ) has sent a solidarity message to ERT journalists and called on the government to reopen the broadcaster.

In Italy, FNSI,

have also given their support to their Greek colleagues:  http://www.fnsi.it/Esterne/Fvedinews.asp?AKey=15591

In the UK, the NUJ took part in international condemnation of the ERT closure announcement: http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=2952

In Austria, the public broadcaster ORF has sent a letter of support to Greek journalists at ERT.

In Norway, the Nowegian Union of Journalists (NJ) and its branch in Norwegian Broadcasting (NRKJ), have sent letters of protest to the Greek governemtn and its embassies in Oslo.

In Switzerland, Impressum

- Les journalistes suisses, have also issued a statement saying the closure

of ERT is a blow to democracy: http://www.impressum.ch/

In Africa, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) have condemned the action of the Greek government and call on them to reverse their decision.

In Serbia, theJournalists' Association of Serbia (UNS) and the Journalists' Union of

Serbia (SINOS), have extended strong support to the journalists and media

workers at ERT.

In Russia, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) has stated that the closure of ERT was shocking news and expressed its solidarity with Greek colleagues

Statements of support for workers at ERT have also been made by other

organisations across the world:

- Statement of

- Statement of

the EBU
- Statement of


- Statement of ETUC