Greece: politicians join outcry over ERT switch-off
As the Greek government scrambled to deal with the fallout of its abrupt shut-down of broadcaster ERT, employees at the channel continued to work, broadcasting programs via other channels and on the Internet.
Journalist Machi Nikolara said: “It’s a way for us to keep standing. Continuing helps us psychologically and also is a way for us to do our jobs as best we can.”
Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he would meet his party’s coalition partners, who want to block the ERT closure, for talks on Monday, June 17.
The leftist PASOK party made it clear that negotiations will not be easy.
PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos, told parliament: “If people think PASOK is afraid of something, afraid of polling, they’ve made a tragic and historic mistake. Tragic. The country needs stability, a strategy for the future, and clean-cut governance.”