Governments of Greece and Turkey: common attack to the freedom of media. People in Greece and Turkey: common struggle. We do not stop! We continue!
The Prime Minister of Turkey looks like is following the steps of the Greek Prime Minister. The same way as Antonis Samaras shut the Greek public television (ERT), to open in its place a new TV channel which will be controlled totally by the government, Tayip Ertogan decided and ordered the shut of the activist TV channel HAYAT.
The anti-democratic decision of the Greek government to shut down the ERT is of great concern to democratic rights and press freedom. The property of ERT has been paid by the Greek people and should not be allowed to be offered to the private interests that already use ERT’s TV and radio frequencies. The Council of State suspended the decision but nothing changes for us! The threat is still there and the struggle for free and democratic media must and will continue!
The government of Turkey decided to shut HAYAT simply because all these days it has been broadcasting the voice of the fighting people of Turkey, 24 hours a day, being the only independent channel in Turkey showing the extreme violence of the Turkish State against the revolt of the people in the whole country.
The governments of Greece and Turkey want the media dependent on big private companies and the “deep” state. It is the only way to secure their control on the public voice, which will help them preserve their electoral percentage.
The people of Greece and Turkey will be the ones to say the last word.
Solidarity Protest, Friday 21st June, 18.00, Fountains
We condemn all the attacks on journalists in Greece and Turkey
No to the shutdown of ERT and HAYAT!
We do not stop! We continue!
Free and democratic media in the interests of the society!
Solidarity with workers, youth and unemployed in Turkey and Greece
Organised by the Solidarity to the people in Turkey and Real Democracy Bristol
Supported by the Bristol Branch of National Union of Journalists