Opposition demands answers over NERIT resignations

SYRIZA asked on Monday for the government to answer questions in Parliament about public broadcaster NERIT after a third official resigned on the same day.

Christos Chomenidis (photo), a writer, gave up his position on the supervisory council a few days after NERIT’s former CEO Antonis Makrydimitris and his deputy Rodolfos Moronis quit the broadcaster, citing government interference in whether SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair would be broadcast. Chomenidis said he was not resigning because NERIT did not show the address but because the government had compromised the channel’s independence.

“For about the last year we have been trying to lay the foundations for a new public broadcaster while facing the most predictable and unpredictable difficulties,” said Chomenidis. “Recent events were a heavy blow to this effort.”

SYRIZA accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of undermining NERIT, trying to silence SYRIZA and failing to engage in debate.

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