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Greek court overturns closure of state broadcaster‎

The top administrative court in Greece has “temporarily” cancelled the government’s shock decision to close state broadcaster ERT.

Protesters shout slogans during a protest in solidarity to the employees of Greek state broadcaster, ERT, in Thessaloniki.
Protesters shout slogans during a protest in solidarity to the employees of Greek state broadcaster, ERT, in Thessaloniki.
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GREECE’S TOP ADMINISTRATIVE court on Monday “temporarily” cancelled the government’s shock decision to close state broadcaster ERT, ordering its reopening until a new national media body can be set up.

Ruling on a complaint from the ERT union, the Council of State ordered the government to restart the broadcaster on a temporary basis, a judicial source said.

Last week, the Greek government announced it would close down the country’s national broadcaster for three months – before reviving it with a dramatically downsized workforce – in a bid to continue its cutbacks in public spending.

Journalists, broadcasters and their supporters gathered outside the Greek embassy in Dublin to protest in response to the news last week. The demonstration has been organised by the National Union of Journalists, which says the government-enforced shutdown of ERT has “serious implications for democracy”.

Additional reporting by Jennifer Wade

- © AFP, 2013

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