11 June 2013
Closure of Public Broadcaster in Greece is 'Blow to Democracy'
Statement by EFJ President Mogens Blicher-Bjerregård
EFJ President Mogens Blicher-Bjerregård said:
"These plans are simply absurd. It will be a major blow to democracy, to media pluralism and to journalism as a public good in Greece, thus depriving citizens from their right to honest, level-headed and unbiased information. But it will also mean the loss of many journalists' jobs across the country.
Any plans to cut jobs at ERT and privatize the public media in Greece are unacceptable. Public regional stations cannot be substituted by any corporate interest.
The EFJ reminds that the High Level Group on media set up by the European Commission recommends that 'there should be a provision of state funding for media which are essential for pluralism."
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