The Guardian: Greece's ERT TV station symbolises what is happening to the country

The closure of the state broadcaster by the coalition government is symptomatic of the brutal austerity being inflicted, reports Richard Simcox, PCS, UK, on the Guardian's Comment is Free.

Last Monday Panagiotis Kalfagiannis, the leader of Greek media workers' union Pospert, told me and a dozen colleagues that the government was "using all its state apparatus" against the journalists occupying the headquarters of public broadcaster ERT. Less than 72 hours later the building had been raided by riot police, Kalfagiannis was in custody and the screens went blank for the first time in the five months since the station was shut down by ministers.

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