Bristol journalists condemn closure of Greek broadcaster

| June 17, 2013 | 1 Comment
NUJ Bristol Branch stands in solidarity with members of the Bristol Greek community supporting staff of the Greek public service broadcaster ERT. (Photo ©Simon Chapman)

NUJ Bristol Branch stands in solidarity with members of the Bristol Greek community supporting staff of the Greek public service broadcaster ERT. (Photo ©Simon Chapman)

JOURNALISTS gathered outside BBC Bristol on Friday to mount a protest with members of the city’s Greek community and protest group Real Democracy Bristol against the closure of Greece’s public service broadcaster ERT.

NUJ members protested around the UK last week with several demonstrations outside BBC offices against the chilling effect of the shutdown, which was made without warning.

Paul Breeden, chair of Bristol NUJ, said: “It’s heartening to see so many NUJ members from the BBC and elsewhere turn out on a wet Friday night to voice their protest about this cruel shutdown and add our voices to members of Bristol’s Greek community.”

Michelle Stanistreet, the general secretary of the NUJ, said: “The shocking announcement of 2,700 job cuts and the closure of public broadcaster ERT has been roundly condemned.

“This immediate response has been inspiring to us. The breakdown of the public media in Greece is a barbaric act. It is an appalling attack on the media and on Greek democracy.”

Bristol NUJ stands in solidarity with members of the Bristol Greek community supporting staff at Greek public service broadcaster ERT.  (Photo ©Simon Chapman 2013)

Bristol NUJ stands in solidarity with members of the Bristol Greek community supporting staff at Greek public service broadcaster ERT. (Photo ©Simon Chapman 2013)

 

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