More than a hundred thousand people from all around Greece have gathered in Thessaloniki to protest against the term “Macedonia” being used by the “former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Following allegations that the Greek public TV (ERT) has downgraded the event, there was the following anouncement by ERT:
<< The time spent by ERT on this issue was far greater than that provided by private channels. Evidence that this is true is already public and is available to anyone interested. With regard to allegations of incorrect information by the ERT website on the number of participants at the rally, this is a – evident to every good faith – human error, which was corrected in minutes. The same mistake was made by many official private media sites, using information from the same source as ERT. Although, of course, ERT corrected it first, specific circles choose once again the targeting of only public broadcasting.>>
The government spokesman:
<<ERT never covered rallies>> was Dimitris Tzanakopoulos’ response to a relevant question during the briefing of political commentators.
Government MP, Dimitris Kammenos, said on SKAI TV that he did not like ERT’s attitude. He said it’s unacceptable for the state channel not to make a reportage. It is forbidden in such a large rally (which was supranational) not to be shown by ERT.