EBU attacks decision to suspend Greek broadcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has urged Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to "use all his powers to immediately reverse" the decision to suspend the nation's public broadcaster ERT.

In a letter to Mr Samaras, two EBU executives wrote that "national broadcasters are more important than ever at times of national difficulty".

A statement on the EBU website said:

The existence of public service media and their independence from government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore 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.

– ebu statement

Read: Greek government suspends state broadcasters

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