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:
– ebu statement
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.