GENEVA, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Director General of the European
Broadcasting Union (EBU), Ingrid Deltenre, today condemned the threat
of legal action made by the Greek government against satellite
operators that transmit the ERT signal over Europe and Asia.
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"We urge the Greek government to withdraw the threats made against
satellite operators, and restore the continuity of public service media
channels in Greece and across the world," said Ms Deltenre.
The government's threats are contrary to the offer last Friday, (14
June) by the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, to resume certain
public news broadcasts. They are 'yet another blow' to freedom of
expression and information and media pluralism in Greece, Ms Deltenre
Last week, the Greek government's sudden closure of ERT's TV and radio
channels together with its website was strongly condemned by the EBU,
and by over 50 Directors General of its Membership, including the BBC,
ARD, ZDF, Rai, RTVE, RTBF and France Télévisions. The closure was also
criticized by the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OSCE
and many other organizations and press associations around the world.
The EBU will continue its efforts to ensure that Greek citizens have
access to reliable and relevant information from an independent and
pluralistic public broadcaster.
About the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
The EBU is the world's foremost alliance of public service media
organizations, with Members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond.
The EBU's mission is to defend the interests of public service media and
to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is
the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise.
The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO.
EUROVISION is the media industry's premier distributor and producer of
top quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture and
EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music,
professional networking and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio -
to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.
The EUROVISION/EURORADIO satellite and fibre network is the largest and
most reliable in the world directly plugged in to public service media
web: http://www.ebu.ch - twitter: @EBU_Eurovision @Euroradio_EBU
SOURCE: European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
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