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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-11

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  • [01] Wave of Reactions
  • [02] Greek Radio 70th Anniversary
  • [03] Papandreou Meets with Merchants
  • [04] Rector Withdraws his Resignation
  • [05] Greek House Observes Minute Silence for Alexis

  • [01] Wave of Reactions

    The special guard's, charged with murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, 15, apology statement, particularly the description of the student's personality has given rise to a wave of strong reactions. Interior Minister, Prokopis Pavlopoulos condemned the concept of his apology statement speaking of a murder act while lawyer Dimitris Tsovolas representing the victim's family called for respect to the teenage boy's memory. There were also strong reactions against the statement of the two defendants lawyer, A.Kouyias who said that Justice will judge whether the teenager should have lost his life. Mr. Kouyias maintained that a phrase, which is a legal term, was isolated and presented the minutes of the defendant's preliminary interrogation recording that he apologized for his action. The Athens Bar Association filed a suit against A. Kouyias on charges of violation of lawyer ethics. In the meantime, the two special guards, charged with the killing of the 15 year old boy have been detained while high interest is placed on the result of the ballistic test which will shed light on the dramatic incidents in Exarhia, on Saturday.

    "Any Attempt to Denigrate Alexis Memory Is Unnaceptable"The Athens Bar Association has issued an announcement unanimously condemning the defendants' lawyer recent statement and stresses that mud-slinging against the dead 15 year old either individually or through reproduction of the defendant's views in mass media as well as defamation of lawyers who refused defend the special guard run counter to rules of lawyer ethics and consist a new moral murder which sparks further tension at a time when Greek society stages demonstrations to honour his memory and denounces police arbitrariness.In fresh statements on Thursday, Alexis Kouyias speaks of partial presentation of incidents and maintained that the special guard, who shot the boy, began his statement apologizing to the victim and his family. Mr. Kouyias repeated that it was an accident.In their written statement, Dimitris Tsobolas and Blassia Sergaki, lawyers of the victim's family stress that any attempt to denigrate the memory of the 15 year old boy is unacceptable as beyond the deep bitterness it also has penal consequences. They also express the family's request for respect to his memory stressing that arbitrary judgments prior to the conclusion of interrogations is extremely dangerous. Mr. Tsobolas added that he will request a ballistic test and autopsy at the site of the incident.In its announcement, "Othisi" lyceum, Alexis was attending, categorically denies the offensive comments against the boy and underlines that he was a completely normal teenager with dreams and sensitivity and had never been referred for misbehaviour.

    Sources: , 105.8, NA-PA

    News item: 16584

    [02] Greek Radio 70th Anniversary

    A conference on newsradio stations was held at the Zappeion Mansion within the framework of an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Greek Radio, organized by ERT.Members of all newsradio stations administration boards, ERT president and listeners attending the conference talked about the close and unbreakable relation between radio and news.Athens University students under the instructions of their professor, Evangelos Sorogas presented an interesting study which indicates that listeners select newsradio for its immediacy and reliability.

    The first program of Hellenic State Radio(EIR) was aired from Zappeio Mansion 70 years ago. The exhibition housed at the Zappeion Mansion presents the history of Hellenic radio which in many parts coincides with the history of the country and will last till January, 30. It will be open on a daily basis from 10:00 to 20:00.Entrance is free. Subject of Thursday's conference:"Newsradio.Even good news is news". Coordinator:Yiannis Politis(Journalist-Coordinator ATHINA 9.84)Panos Leibadas(General secretary GGE-GGE)Evangelos Sorogas (assistant professor Athens University Mass Media department) Panos Sobolos(journalist-presdient of journalists'union)Aris Portosalte (director of SKAI 100.3)Manolis Kottakis (journalist CITY 99.5)Hristos Barlas (director REAL FM 97.8)Dimitris Stamou (direcor of ANTENNA RADIO 97.2)Xanthos Hytas (director of ET-3 News Radio Programs)Giorgos Kakousis (director of ALFA 98.9)Eftihia Adilini (NET 105.8 Program Coordinator)

    Monday's 15/12/2008, 15:00-20:00 panel will discussthe subject:"Music Radio-Play List or Play Music".Coordinator:Dimitris Kanelopoulos (Journalist-Eleftherotypia)Speakers:George Mihail Klimis(lecturer at Panteios University Mass Media and Culture department)Odysseas Ioannou (director MELODIA 99.2)George Yiannopoulos (director DIESH 101.3)Dimitris Psematikas (director Lampsi 92.3)Ray Arthur(RED 96.3)Dimitris Yiarmenitis (chief advisor SONY BMG)Paraskevas Karasoulos(director MIKRIS ARKTOU)Dimitra Galani (artist)Stamatis Kraounakis (artist)Margarita Mitilinaou ( Hellenic Radio director)

    Other subjects to be discussed:"Advertisement and Radio. And now...commercials".Friday 19/12/2008, 15:00-19:00"Sports Radio.The match begins".Monday 22/12/2008, 15:00-20:00"Local and Regional Radios-Greece is not only Athens".Friday 09/01/2009, 11:00-19:00Hellenes Abroad (15:00-19:00)"The Greeks' Frequencies" coordinator:Noe Parlavantzas (Journalist ERA-5) Fighting radio 21st century"Ecology-Culture-Racism in European radios".Thursday 15/01/2009 11:00-18:00Multicultural Radio"Radio Multiculti"Friday 16/01/2009, 11:00-14:00Radio and Modern Technologies"".Monday 26/01/2009, 15:00-19:00You can record your radio program during the two month's the exhibition is on show. Call 210. 6092037 or contact

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    [03] Papandreou Meets with Merchants

    PASOK (Socialists) President George Papandreou has met with merchants today. The meeting was held in the offices of the Merchants' Union on Mitropoleos Street and focused on the problems merchants are facing as a result of the damages caused to many shops during the incidents in the last days.

    Mr Papandreou expressed his solidarity to merchants, hoping that the markets would open again. He also criticized the government for not offering its protection to civilians, their property and rights. Finally, referring to violent incidents, he denounced them, stressing that Greece's future cannot be built in this way.

    News item: 16544

    [04] Rector Withdraws his Resignation

    Athens University Rector Christos Kittas has withdrawn his resignation, following the President of Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias' emotive, as he described it, telephone communication with him. Mr Kittas submitted his resignation on Monday evening when incidents had broken out in the centre of Athens. Hooded youths had torched the Rector's building, where valuable archives of our cultural heritage were kept, while the National Library was also in danger.

    News item: 16539

    [05] Greek House Observes Minute Silence for Alexis

    The Greek House observed Thursday a minute silence in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos, the 15-year-old boy shot dead by police last Saturday. Replying to the interpellations on the matter filed by opposition lawmakers Alekos Alavanos and Spyros Halvatzis, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said, "Apart from Justice that will attribute responsibilities in good time, the defendants will be exemplary punished by police itself." Touching on the extensive rioting that wreaked havoc in central Athens, he stressed that the Government would not tolerate such behaviours, further adding that the enemies of Democracy would be appropriately addressed.

    The Minister claimed that police officers who cross the line are immediately punished, and rest everyone assured that punishment would be stiff. He added, though, that the structure of the Greek Police had significantly changed after democracy was restored in Greece and that cases of power abuse were isolated.

    Alekos Alavanos blasted violence, yet he claimed he could understand the youths' anger over the loss of a child. He then went on to speak of a social phenomenon and of lack of values.

    News item: 16536

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