Thursday, 13 June 2013
The Media Alliance today received a message of thanks from the ERT workers’ union in Greece, after they received our message of support. The response gives an insight to how the decision by the Greek government to shut down the public broadcaster’s TV and radio stations is distressing journalists at ERT and is a threat to the democratic fabric of Greek society.
Media Alliance members and the general public are encouraged to send a message in support of public broadcasting to the Embassy of Greece in Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org are encouraged to sign a petition to protest the Greek government's shutdown of ERT and the sacking of 2500 employees.
We would like to thank you for your support.
We, the people of ERT are refusing to leave the building for 3 days now and we intend to stay here for as long as it takes. Each of us sleeps every 48 hours more or less. The people of Greece are on our side, coming all day long to the premises to support democracy and the idea of Public Broadcasting.
On Tuesday 11 June we learned suddenly, without previous notice that the government closes us down, sacking all of us in order to open a new ERT (with the name of NERIT) with 1/3 of the staff. We of course refuse to hand our home over to them. They started shutting down all our frequencies and when we tried to go online, they also shut down our internet. They tried with the telephones as will but didn’t succeed. Now we our transmitting in a pirate way through frequencies and internet given to us by others. Since until some minutes ago I didn’t have internet access, please excuse the delay of our response.
Today there is a general strike in Greece for ERT and all protesters will come to us. The government is blackmailing us, they will send a prosecutor to lock the building and arrest us and anyone who gets arrested will never have the right to work again in NERIT (the new ERT) - they want to pass today the law for its creation.
The Prime Minister, after telling all sorts of lies about us (things we have the numbers and evidence to oppose) is also blackmailing the other two parties of the government that if they don' t vote he will go to elections - and of course we do not trust that they will have the guts to stand up to him.
Please speak to anyone you can. Someone must press our Prime Minister and PASOK and DIMAR (the other two parties of our government) separately.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support is very important to us.”