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De Morgen - Belgium | 13/06/2013

A blow for democracy and press freedom

The sudden closure of the Greek public broadcaster ERT is a blow to democracy, Bruno Tersage, Greece correspondent for the Belgian TV station VRT, writes in the left-liberal daily De Morgen: "In any event Greece doesn't have a good reputation regarding press freedom. Last year the country dropped 14 places on the International Press Freedom Index [from 70th to 84th]. ... The private radio and television stations are in the hands of rich oligarchs, almost all of whom amassed fortunes through lucrative contracts with the state. These broadcasters are a far cry from objective reporting (and even ERT wasn't always as a paragon of objectivity). In addition, the names of almost all the owners come up in one way or another in connection with the Lagarde list. This decision has done nothing to improve the quality of reporting in Greece, and democracy has been dealt a hard blow by the blind cost-cutting frenzy."

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