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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-08-07

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  • [01] Initiative eyes free digital decoders for people with disabilities
  • [02] PASOK sec't lashes out at gov't

  • [01] Initiative eyes free digital decoders for people with disabilities

    The government on Tuesday announced that it would, in cooperation with state broadcaster ERT-SA, distribute some 50,000 free television decoders to people with disabilities, allowing them to view ERT's ground-breaking digital terrestrial programming.

    "Society does not have the luxury of duplicating unfair exclusions and stereotypes, and if we want to move ahead we are obliged to recognise and bestow, in practice, every possible opportunity of expression and creativity to our fellow citizens," Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos said in announcing the initiative.

    Roussopoulos was accompanied by Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis during the announcement, who added that the initiative aims to give people with disabilities easier access to new technologies.

    ERT, the large state-run radio and television broadcaster in Greece, currently operates a free-to-air digital terrestrial (DVB-T) network with three channels, Prisma+, Cine+ and Sport+, a platform called "ERT Digital". Prisma+, in fact, first debuted in 2006 and is specifically geared for disabled persons. A fourth channel, Cyprus' satellite programme RIK Sat, is also retransmitted on the same digital platform with the three other ERT channels.

    Caption: FinMin George Alogoskoufis (L) with Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos during a press conference in Athens on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. ANA-MPA / STR

    [02] PASOK sec't lashes out at gov't

    Main opposition PASOK on Tuesday sharply criticised the government for what it called "continuing summer benefits by the Karamanlis government" and of "promises that will be implemented after the elections".

    PASOK secretary Nikos Athanassakis also claimed this was a "charade" by the government, in answer to various press questions regarding a recent series of government aid packages.

    Athanassakis, the party's former spokesman, also charged that the government is only interested in helping its "own supporters".

    Meanwhile, the first meeting of PASOK's high-ranking 10-member campaign secretariat will convene on Thursday at the party's central Athens offices, with Athanassakis chairing the meeting.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Athanassakis.

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