Athens IMC and 98FM radio station are under repression by the State (Greece)
EXTERNALITY AND OBJECTIVITY
10/04/2013 – The Deanery of NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) loses the trial against EETT’s (Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission) lawsuit related to past broadcasting of Radiozones at 98.1 from the NTUA premises, as well as about the broadcasts of “Radio Entassi” that occasionally emits from an adjoining terrace near the frequency of the mainstream radio station “SKAI”. It’s another procedural repression attempt that is added to precedent persecutions against Athens Indymedia and Radiozones of Subversive Expression.
11/04/2013 – The Dean takes the initiative to cut the power supply to “Radio Entassi”. At the same time, the internet connection for both Athens Indymedia and Radiozones of Subversive Expression is interrupted despite the fact that Radiozones broadcast at 93.8 a frequency totally separated to the case file. How the lost court case on radio emissions has developed into the silencing of all online counter information media based on the NTUA campus remains unknown.
Instead of the responsible DA the Dean of NTUA, Simos Simopoulos used the maneuver of an internal rule of NTUA, which requires all internet provisions (IP) to correspond to named individuals in order to lift the internet provision. Naming an individual for the station’s or Indymedia’s server, which are self-organized and non person-centered ventures, would lead to state persecution or fascist and parastate attacks against those individuals. Instead the student union of the Chemical Engineers faculty took on the responsibility for these ventures since six months ago as a body has stated union’s name for these internet provisions and also for other political groups. The related document was conveniently declared lost or inexistent.
12/04/2013 – The “disappeared” according to rector authorities document issued by the Chemical Engineers union, was resubmitted to the dean of NTUA, reaffirming its support to freedom of expression within the institution. The same day the Dean calls the union representatives to give explanations about their position. The head of the Chemical Engineer’s faculty called the administrative council to confirm their persistence to their signatures and then delivered the document to the Dean. At the same time, a manifestation called by the counter information media and the Self-organized group of NTUA takes place, and it is backed by hundreds of solidarians outside the Deanery’s building. Finally, late in the night, it is announced that Simopoulos doesn’t accept the student council demand and persists in his decision for silencing of Radiozones of Subversive Expression and Athens Indymedia.
15/04/2013 – Solidarians occupy the building of Economic Services and the building of the Center of Network Infrastructures of NTUA. Dean Simopoulos denied his responsibilities giving authority to Vice-Dean Mrs Moropoulou who refused this authorization. Radiozones of Subversive Expression started broadcasting from the Deanery building and after a short period of time an internet shutdown took place in all of the NTUA campus. In the afternoon, the solidarians left all the occupied buildings in immaculate condition and called to another manifestation for next morning at the NTUA campus.
SILENCING DOES NOT LEAD TO INACTIVITY
Let’s not deal with the issue in a technical way. There is no point to introduce more patents, other broadcasting points or compromises. We do not perceive the asylum and its main core –free movement of ideas– in a utilitarian way, because like in this way we are paving the road to domination. What is at stake is neither the function of some counter information media, or some student liberties. What we are witnessing is the bullying comeback of a cast of authoritarianism ideologists who incarnate authority and forces of repression. This is not solely about anarchists or leftists or progressives.
We speak about the main principle of freedom of ideas, a movement of ideas that has been bounded by a business elite that holds almost all Media. This regime is supported by a tight legal framework that prohibits any contrary attempt of information with riot police and imprisonments, if it is not integrated in one way or another into the –a typical– rules of their game. Calling their rules a typical is not by chance, as today the vast majority of radio and television stations are not licensed. The continuation of their transmission is based on a network of corresponding servicing profits and power relationships.
For 10 years Radiozones of Subversive Expression constitute yet another target of the dominion. Starting from the prosecutions by the national EETT and the broadcasting of parastate radio station (FREE FM) on the same frequency, and leading to the velvet silencing by the university authorities. Especially, the deanery by adopting an obstructive policy of supposed neutrality reveals its real position. It presents itself as a victim who is being persecuted for the support of freedom of expression, while at the same time it cuts the internet supply to counter information media that lodge in the NTUA. There is no use in ignoring the fact that the vast majority of counter information structures now function through the university shelter. We believe that is not an exaggeration to say that the counter information structures are beyond the scope of the student community and diffuse competitive speech outwards but on the contrary meaningfully socialize a shelter that in the past few years has purposely lost its meaning.
All of us who manage, publish or use the above-mentioned media, and also all who feel solidarity to the right of unmediated expression, don’t accept to seek alternatives in radio or internet broadcasting, at some other more hospitable place. The week ahead will not find an institution dwelling in normality while both media broadcast from another place on the planet. If the state wants to muzzle the counter information media, it should leave aside its academic puppets and take the political cost of a police intervention inside the National Technical University of Athens.
We call everyone who is against the modern dictatorship to a week of solidarity actions, from 15 to 21 April 2013.
WHEN THEY IMPOSE SILENCING, SILENCE IS COMPLICITY
Radiozones of Subversive Expression
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