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(Jun 20, 2013) On June 17, 2013, the Council of State, Greece's highest administrative court, ordered the re-opening of the state-owned radio and television network, Hellenike Radiophonia Teleorasi (ERT). The Council of State also ordered the Greek government to take the necessary measures to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the formation and operation of a new network to serve the public. (Temporary Order of June 17, 2013, of the President of the Council of State, Council of State website.)

The Council of State's order was in response to a recent decision made by Antonis Samaras, the Prime Minister of Greece, to close down ERT in an effort to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank – collectively called "the Troika" – to reduce public expenditures. Samaras stated that he envisioned a smaller and more efficiently run organization in lieu of ERT, which currently employs close to 2,700 people. The shutting down of ERT was met with public protests and threats from members of the legislature that they might call for early elections. (Court Re-Opens Greek Broadcaster, Saving Fragile Coalition, EURACTIV (June 18, 2013).)

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Author: Theresa Papademetriou More by this author
Topic: Freedom of the press More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Greece More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 06/20/2013