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21 August, 2013

EBU stops its support to the Hellenic Public Broadcaster: Another victory for the neoliberal dictatorship

by system failure

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) through a simple announcement in their website, (http://www3.ebu.ch/cms/en/sites/ebu/contents/news/2013/08/ert-streaming-to-end-as-interim.html), decided to stop the transmission of the Hellenic Public Broadcaster (ERT), from today 21st August. EBU's decision is another defeat for the democracy, not only in Greece, but in Europe also since this decision certifies the anti-democratic action of the Greek government to close ERT through a simple announcement resembling a fascist regime on June 11.

Therefore, EBU opens the door for other European governments to close public broadcasters in Europe, despite the fact that reacted strongly from the beginning against Greek government's decision and fully supported workers in ERT in order to continue broadcasting.

EBU justifies its decision on the basis of some information according to which the DT channel, which replaced the real Greek public TV, will start providing news services.

This is something which eventually explains the petition withdraw from the avaaz.org website, a petition to the Greek prime minister, created recently by the EBU (http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/EBU_Petition_Get_ERT_back_on_air/), in order for the Greek public TV to continue broadcasting with current staff and status.

In the short description of this already "dead" initiative, under the title "Why this is important", one can read among other things that "... any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament - and not through a simple agreement between two government ministers."

Despite all these, EBU, through its last announcement and its intention to stop supporting the real Greek public TV, at the same time, announces its willing to help the Greek government with the new broadcaster which will replace ERT.

Thus, neoliberal dictatorship wins another battle in at least three significant fronts:

First, pushes the social automatism to the limits, a basic tool with which prevails because creates conflict between ERT workers who will take a short-contract job in the government's new TV channel against those who will loose their jobs for good.

Second, the closing or even self-prohibition of public organizations through brief, anti-democratic procedures, in Greece and Europe, is certified by other European public organizations like EBU.

Third, European institutions for the support of labor rights will be overridden since workers are pushed to their new jobs with short-term contracts, under fully "flexible" conditions, which lead faster to the new labor middle ages, not only in private sector, but also in public sector eventually.

Additionally, public broadcaster will be fully controlled by any government. Therefore, it will become the tool of the ultimate propaganda and misinformation, or, will be closed permanently since the neoliberal dictatorship puppets will downgrade it at the maximum level.

We must note that, the Press Project website, announced that intent to continue the real Greek public broadcaster transmission with its own means, despite EBU's decision:

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