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FRJ MediaSind condamnă decizia Guvernului Greciei de a suprima libertatea de exprimare

postat 12 iun. 2013, 05:38 de Office Mediasind   [ actualizat la 12 iun. 2013, 06:34 ]
Federaţia Română a Jurnaliştilor MediaSind condamnă decizia Guvernului Greciei de a închide staţiile publice de radio şi televiziune. FRJ MediaSind consideră că intervenţia brutală, absurdă şi nedemocratică a Guvernului Greciei împotriva serviciilor publice de radio şi televiziune constituie un atentat la democraţie.

 "Suprimarea accesului publicului la informaţiile oferite de ERT este o intenţie clară de a limita libertatea de exprimare  a jurnaliştilor eleni. Totodată, decizia nu este justificată nici din punct de vedere financiar, din moment ce sursa de finanţare provenea din resurse extrabugetare – taxa radio tv de 4,3 euro, de cinci ori mai mare faţă de România. Din nefericire, închiderea instituţiei publice de presă, aruncarea în stradă a aproape 3 000 de jurnalişti este specifică regimurilor totalitare, de tip Ceauşescu şi Stalin" - a declarat Cristi Godinac, preşedintele FRJ MediaSind.

FRJ MediaSind face un apel la jurnaliştii din România să se solidarizeze cu colegii  din Grecia şi să transmită protestele lor la următoarele adrese de  email :info@poesy.gr, info@esiemth.gr, info@esiea.gr, dralli@esiea.gr

În continuare, vă prezentăm reacţia oficială a Federaţiei Internaţionale a Jurnaliştilor şi Federaţiei Europene a Jurnaliştilor.

Comitetul Executiv al FRJ MediaSind


Press Release

12.06.13

IFJ/EFJ Call for Greek Government to Revoke Closure of Public Broadcaster

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and their Greek affiliates, the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists? Union (PFJU), the Journalists? Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN), the Journalists? Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH) and the Periodical and Electronic Press Union (PEPU), have called on the Greek government to immediately revoke their unprecedented decision to close down its public broadcasting station ERT.

Yesterday the Greek government announced that it will shut down the public broadcasting organisation?s three TV stations, radio and regional radio stations, satellite emissions and internet portal and will fire a staff of approximately 2,700 people, adding that it will re-open the organisation on a smaller scale and with fewer employees.

The government spokesperson, who is also the deputy minister in charge of media issues and is essentially the government official in charge of ERT, issued a statement where he asserted a ?lack of transparency? as the reason for the public broadcaster?s closure.  PFJU has called on the private media to go on rolling 24-hour strikes starting immediately.

In a message to the journalists and media workers assembled at ERT last night, IFJ President, Jim Boumelha, said: "We are angry that you, your families and children, should be made to pay for a crisis that is not of your making. For many years, this crisis, caused by the greed and incompetence of bankers, businesses and politicians, have put at risk your standard of living, your wages and your pensions. Now it has taken away your livelihood. 

"What happened to you breaks our hearts, it makes us angry but most of all makes us determined to fight alongside you. The message of the journalists of the world to your politicians and your bosses is loud and clear --  we will stand shoulder to shoulder with you to stop this madness. and we will do everything within our power to get this decision reversed."

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 the Greek government 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."

The IFJ/EFJ have backed the calls from unions for the plans to be abolished and called for collaboration and discussion between the parties involved. They are calling on the government to immediately abandon all plans to abolish public broadcasting and instead collaborate with the institutional bodies of the journalism community in order to strengthen information as a public good.

They are also calling on all parliamentarians to coordinate their actions in order to avert any plans that harm the democratic rights of the communities who voted for them.       

EFJ delegates, meeting in Cyprus to promote diversity in the media, issued a statement (LINK) to express their indignation and shock of the brutal closure of the public broadcasting service in Greece?.  The statement is attached for information.

The IFJ/EFJ are calling on member unions to send messages of support to: info@poesy.gr, info@esiemth.gr, info@esiea.gr, dralli@esiea.gr

The Executive Boards of PFJU and the other unions, POSPERT and POEPTYM, decided on nonstop striking mobilization of journalists, technicians and staff employees in all public and private broadcasting media by declaring 24 hour repetitive strikes. The strike in all private broadcasting media, as well as public news agency APE-MPE and the General Directorate of Information, will start at 6am on 12th June 2013. The strike on print media, newspapers and magazines will start at 6am on Thursday 13 June 2013.

A strike tomorrow  has been announced  by the General Confederation of Greek Workers. There will also be a major protest held outside the premises of ERT tomorrow at 11.00 (GR time ? 12.00 BRU time).

For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 17

The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries