Σάββατο, 15 Ιουνίου 2013

IFJ (Διεθνής Ομοσπονδία Δημοσιογράφων) Greek Public Broadcasting belongs to the Greek People

Διεθνής Ομοσπονδία Δημοσιογράφων, ανακοινώσεις για τη δημόσια ραδιοτηλεόρασης στην Ελλάδα (αγγλικά):


Ανακοίνωση 14/6/2013:

Greek Public Broadcasting belongs to the Greek People

Today the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and UNI Global Union Media Entertainment & Arts (UNI-MEI), together with their member organisations in Belgium, expressed their solidarity with the Greek journalists, media workers and citizen who are fighting for the independence of the public media in Greece and resist the closure of the public broadcaster ERT. 

At a rally outside the Greek Embassy in Belgium the organisations applauded the hard work and spirit of Greek journalists, media workers and unions and called on Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, to reverse this incomprehensible and dangerous decision immediately. IFJ/EFJ and UNI have called for ERT to go back on the air and the rights of the journalists and media workers respected. Any reform of the ERT needs to be based on dialogue with the workers and their representative organisations.

IFJ General Secretary, Beth Costa, said: "This decision is 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. What happened to the staff from ERT breaks our hearts, it makes us angry but most of all makes us determined to stand alongside them to call for this decision to be reversed."

UNI Europa, Regional Secretary, Oliver Roethig said "Greece needs ERT, Greek citizens need ERT, and most importantly, Greek democracy needs ERT. It is unacceptable that a pillar of media democracy and cultural diversity in the European and international audiovisual landscapes is forced to close as a response to the EU and Troika's demands to meet the goals of a failed austerity policy."

Luc Vandenhoeck, General Sceretary of ACOD-VRT, the media workers union at the Belgium Broadcaster VRT said "All our unions stand in solidarity with colleagues at ERT and citizens in Greece. This is a call for resistance to the diktat of the Troika and colleagues across the world will continue to take actions to help defend public service broadcasting in Greece."

For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries

UNI MEI: www.uniglobalunion.org/mei
UNI MEI represents 140 unions and guilds and 300 000 workers in the media and entertainment industries in over 70 countries worldwide




Ανακοίνωση 13/6/2013

IFJ/EFJ Call for Affiliates to Take Action in Support of Greek Colleagues



The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called for affiliates across the world to support their colleagues sacked from Greek broadcasting station TV and fight to reverse the "deplorable" decision.

The IFJ/EFJ are calling on affiliates to show their support by holding demonstrations outside the Greek embassies in their countries.

IFJ/EFJ, along with the AVBB (General Association of Professional Journalists of Belgium), are calling on journalists and media workers to come along to a protest of solidarity outside the Greek embassy in Brussels, at Karmelietenstraat 10, near Porte de Namur, tomorrow morning at 10am.

Messages of support for the staff at ERT can also be emailed to: info@poesy.gr; info@esiemth.gr; info@esiea.gr; dralli@esiea.gr; andrew.kennedy@ifj.org

A letter, signed by IFJ President, Jim Boumelha, has been sent to Greek Prime Minister Antonios Samaras, expressing the IFJ's "dismay and shock" at the decision of the Greek government to stop ERT's transmission at midnight on Tuesday.

The letter states: "We condemn unreservedly this development - the first in the history of European broadcasting - and join the European Broadcasting Union to remind you of your commitment in the European Treaty your country signed five years ago recognising public service broadcasting, whose existence and independence lie at the heart of our democracies, as one of the pillars of the media pluralism throughout the European Union."

The letter explains that the IFJ will be mobilising its 180 journalists' member unions across the world to "stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues in Greece and help them fight to reverse this deplorable decision."

The letter concludes by stating that the IFJ is willing to work alongside its Greek affiliates to explore solution, but urges the Greek government to "intervene and re-establish ERT's broadcasting forthwith."

You can read the letter here: IFJ Letter to Greek Prime Minister.doc

Commenting on the situation, EFJ President, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, said: "I am deeply concerned about this decision. Public service broadcasting is vitally important for democracy in Greece, indeed it is more important than ever at this time of crisis. Historically it has been the cornerstone of democracy and it is crucial that the Greek government reverses its decision.

"Organisations working with the media across Europe must stand together and make every effort to fight this decision, and European politicans must take action to reestablish public broadcasting in Greece. This is not solely a situation affecting Greece, it could have serious repurcussions for other countries in Europe too."

You can watch the events in Athens live now at: http://www3.ebu.ch/cms/fr/sites/ebu/contents/news/2013/06/monitor-ert-online.html

IFJ affiliates across the world have expressed their solidary with staff at ERT:

EFJ delegates, meeting in Cyprus to promote diversity in the media, issued a statement, with support of participants, to express their "indignation and shock of the brutal closure of the public broadcasting service in Greece".  They have also signed a petition calling for the government to reversie its decision, which is being sent to the Greek embassy in Cyprus: http://bit.ly/172lOkP

In Hungary, the Association of Hungarian Journalists (Magyar Ujságírók Országos Szövetsége MUOSZ) have given their support: http://www.emasa.hu/cikk.php?page=radio&id=10806
In Spain, the IFJ affiliates have shown widespread support for the staff at ERT. Federación de Servicios a la Ciudadania de CC.OO (FSC-CC.OO), published this statement: Comunicado Sector Cierre ERT Griega ENG.doc

FAPE has also expressed solidiarity with the staff at ERT: http://www.fape.es/la-presidenta-de-la-fape-expresa-su-apoyo-a-los-trabajadores-de-la-radio-y-television-publicas-gri-818827521460.htm
http://www.fape.es/las-federaciones-internacional-y-europea-de-periodistas-exigen-al-gobierno-griego-que-revoque-el-cie-818827481406.htm

And FeSP have called for action: http://periodismoparaperiodistas.blogspot.ie/2013/06/los-sindicatos-espanoles-de-periodistas.html Staff from RTVE organised a protest at its headquarters in Madrid to show their support

In France, SNJ-CGT have issued a joint statement condemning the closure: http://www.snj.fr/

In Germany, Ver.di have issued a statement supporting the workers: 1206_ERT-SchließungGriechenland.pdf

In Italy, FNSI, have also given their support to their Greek colleagues:  http://www.fnsi.it/Esterne/Fvedinews.asp?AKey=15591

In the UK, the NUJ took part in international condemnation of the ERT closure announcement: http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=2952

In Norway, the Nowegian Union of Journalists (NJ) and its branch in Norwegian Broadcasting (NRKJ), have sent letters of protest to the Greek governemtn and its embassies in Oslo.

In Switzerland, Impressum - Les journalistes suisses, have also issued a statement saying the closure of ERT is a blow to democracy: http://www.impressum.ch/

In Africa, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) have condemned the action of the Greek government and call on them to reverse their decision.

In Serbia, the Journalists' Association of Serbia (UNS) and the Journalists' Union of Serbia (SINOS), have extended strong support to the journalists and media workers at ERT.

In Russia, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) has stated that the closure of ERT was shocking news and expressed its solidarity with Greek colleagues

Statements of support for workers at ERT have also been made by other organisations across the world:

- Statement of UNI-MEI
- Statement of the EBU
- Statement of SEEMO/IPI


Επιστολή στον έλληνα πρωθυπουργό:

Brussels, 12 June 2013

Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic
c/o Mr Dimitris Stamatis, Minister to the Prime Minister's office, Athens, Greece

By e-mail

Dear Prime Minister,

I write on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists, representing 600,000 journalists worldwide to express our dismay and shock at the decision of your government to grant emergency powers to your Finance Minister to stop ERT’s transmissions as of midnight last night.

We condemn unreservedly this development – the first in the history of European broadcasting – and join the European Broadcasting Union to remind you of your commitment in the European Treaty your country signed five years ago recognising public service broadcasting, whose existence and independence lie at the heat of our democracies, as one of the pillars of the acquis communautaire and media pluralism throughout the European Union.

We will be mobilising our 180 journalists’ member unions throughout the world to stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues in Greece and help them in their fight to reverse this deplorable decision.

The IFJ is willing to be involved with our Greek affiliates to explore solutions but meanwhile we urge you to intervene and re-establish ERT’s broadcasting forthwith.

I await your immediate response to this urgent matter.

Sincerely yours



Jim Boumelha
President
International Federation of Journalists

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