Community condemns ERT closure

first_imgThe announcement of the temporary shutdown of the state broadcaster of Greece ERT took the Greek Australian Community and the entire Greek diaspora by surprise. In Australia, major community organisations, educators, ERT viewers and the national journalists’ union, came out strongly condemning the closure of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), established 75 years ago. The closure of the state broadcaster of Greece and the reaction of the Greek Australian community became a news item on major Australian news organisations. The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), in a letter sent to the Greek Prime Minister Mr Antonis Samaras, condemned the closure of ERT and highlighted the disappointment of the Greek diaspora in Australia. “The links that the Greek public broadcaster had created with the Australian Greek population for decades are now severed and we are now culturally destitute. “ERT was the only free to air TV broadcaster and for many elderly Greek Australians the daily program provided solace during their retirement years,” a spokesperson for the GOCMV stated. The Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales, in a press release, condemned the Greek government and called its decision to shut down ERT unacceptable and provocative. This decision is directed against the democratic right of people to access through a state broadcaster high quality news, entertainment, educational and cultural programs that allow us to retain our Greek identity abroad, stated the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales. George Agelopoulos, the Oceania and Far East Regional Coordinator of the World Council for Hellenes Abroad (SAE), a body of the Hellenic diaspora with an advisory role to the Greek government, expressed his condemnation for the closure of ERT. The state broadcaster is a medium of educational and cultural importance for all Greeks, he said, and he called the Greek government to continue with the operation of the Hellenic national radio and television broadcaster. It is worth noting that the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance – Australia’s journalists’ union – also declared its opposition to the shut down of ERT. Christopher Warren, federal secretary of the Media Alliance, said: “Silencing the state-run broadcaster deprives the community of vital information. At the very least this is a short-sighted move that savages a crucial public service. And it is a ham-fisted attack on 2,500 experienced and dedicated media professionals who have worked hard for years to keep the community informed about the immense upheavals taking place in Greece. But this is also a very sinister assault on democracy and the public’s right to know, aimed at shrouding the activities of the powerful from legitimate scrutiny.” The closure of ERT will be discussed at SAE’s-Oceania and Far East Regional General Meeting to be held tomorrow at 1.30 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW, 58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore, Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mourners pay last respects to Gerardo Cruz 22yearold who exposed street harassment

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Finally some upbeat news for family of Costa Rica’s good Samaritan Gerardo Cruz Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Street harassment critic Gerardo Cruz dies Mourners gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning to pay their last respects to Gerardo Cruz, the 22-year-old Costa Rican man who became a national hero for his stance against street harassment of women. Cruz died from a heart attack Thursday, six weeks after he was stabbed twice by assailants near his home.A wake for Cruz was held at the Jardines del Recuerdo Funeral Home in Desamaparados, just south of San José, on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, around 100 mourners accompanied the casket from Desamparados to Tres Ríos, where Cruz was buried. The funeral procession for Gerardo Cruz, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesCruz became the center of a national discussion about catcalling and sexual harassment of women in public places after he posted a video to his Facebook page of him confronting a man who allegedly tried to film up a woman’s skirt in San José. The video went viral, and after Cruz was brutally attacked on Oct. 7 on his way to a media interview about his action, people assumed it was retaliation.Police have said they don’t think the two incidents are related, and that Cruz was the victim of a violent robbery.Nevertheless, Cruz’s story inspired several marches and a movement to criminalize street harassment.Since the attack on Cruz, his parents and other family members have largely focused on Cruz’s recovery. They have urged authorities to find the perpetrators, whatever their motives.“Everybody is innocent until proven otherwise, and there is no evidence that can relate Gerardo’s death with the video he made,” Cruz’s uncle Allan Soto said on Saturday. “But such a big coincidence has the whole family thinking.”Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, said, “The person who killed my son is in the streets and we are not going to rest until the police find him, we don’t care if it’s related to the video or not.” Gerardo Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, talks to the press outside the Desamparados Church, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more