Greek PM says state broadcaster shutdown is temporary
ATHENS, June 12
ATHENS, June 12 (Reuters) - Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday defended the abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT, saying it was in the public interest to reform and relaunch the organization.
"This is a very temporary move," Samaras said in remarks at a signing ceremony for a new credit facility from the European Investment Bank.
"We decided to shut ERT temporarily and to create a new public broadcaster... we are protecting the public interest."
The sudden closure of ERT - which was yanked off air at midnight hours after the decision was announced on Tuesday - set off a firestorm of protests from unions, media and coalition partners.
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