"They want to shut down ERT in order to manipulate the media as it suits them. They want to take full control all the mass media." - Yiorgos Savvides, Greek Journalists' Union Confederation
June 14, 2013 (AE) - The next thing to occur in Greece will be the government claiming that they can no longer afford to print Greek language school books, and the children will have to learn to speak German!!
If such a thing to were to occur, and that was a joke, the Golden Dawn neo Nazi fascists would cheer it on as nationalistic (while playing German music), just as the Golden Dawn is currently cheering on the destruction of the Greek public broadcasting ERT.
This is part of the EU's moves to "control" all European media, in every country... to "control" the narrative, to "censor" ALL information... as all EU member states fall like economic dominoes, and get absorbed into the new Holy Roman Empire 4.0 (ie, The Fourth Reich).
Here are videos of the latest EU stripping of Greece...
2013.6.11 Shock & Disbelief At Greek Shutdown Of ERT (Euronews, youtube.com):
The Greek government’s decision to pull the plug on the country’s public broadcaster is one of its most drastic measures yet to pare down Greek public institutions as part of austerity measures.
It is a move which has angered journalists, politicians and unions alike.
“It is an incomprehensible act. I don’t believe it is happening in a democratic country, as I don’t believe that that something like that has happened in any democratic country,” said journalist Stella Papapopoulou.
Yiorgos Savvides, of the Greek Journalists’ Union Confederation believed the government had a wider agenda:
“They want to shut down ERT in order to manipulate the media as it suits them. They want to take full control all the mass media.”
With two parties within the government’s three party coalition opposing the move this could be a major test for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Our correspondent Stamatis Giannisis who was in Athens said:
“The government’s decision to close down the public broadcaster has caused the most serious split so far in the in three party coalition government. But the closing down of ERT is only the tip of the iceberg as there are also plans to shut down or to amalgamate a large number of so called public sector companies. " [Privatization, at bargain basement prices, for total EU control. - Joel]
2013.6.12 Journalists Strike As EU Didn't 'Order' Greece TV Shutdown (Euronews, youtube.com):
Greek journalists are staging a 24-hour walk out in response to the government shutdown of the public service TV station ERT.
In one of the most dramatic public sector closures to shore up Greek finances and meet bailout terms, ERT made its last broadcast at midnight on Tuesday just hours after the shutdown was announced. More than 2,700 lost their jobs as a result of the executive order.
Journalists deem the move as a form of censorship.
"In an anti-constitutional, anti-democratic, and fascist, I could well say - way, this government wanted to shut down public radio and television. It's a world first," declared Panagiotis Kalfayiannis, President of the ERT Workers' Union.
One of the bailout partners, the EU, has faced criticism over the measures taken, but they responded by saying they did not seek ERT's closure.
Residents in Athens could hardly believe that ERT has been taken off air.
"It is inconceivable for a country belonging to the EU in 2013 to not have a government channel, a public source of information," claimed one young Athens resident.
Another resident added: "What about people in the far-off Greek islands and Crete people? Will they have to listen to Turkish news now?"
In response, the Greek government have announced a slimmed down ERT could be re-opened within a matter of weeks.
Journalists threatened to strike until the 'gag on information' is lifted, with print media due to join in on Thursday.
2013.6.13 Greek Public Sector On 24hr Strike Over Broadcaster Closure (rt.com):
Supporters of the broadcaster see the sudden shutdown as a "coup-like move... to gag unbiased information."
"What we experienced yesterday was unprecedented, not only for Greece but for all of Europe," left wing leader Alexis Tsipras said as he addressed protesting ERT workers. "Public television goes dark only in two circumstances: when a country is occupied by foreign forces or when there is a coup."