Greek conservative opposition boycotts state TV, citing bias

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main opposition conservative party says it has instructed its lawmakers and senior officials not to appear on state-run TV news programs, accusing the broadcaster of pro-government bias.

New Democracy said Tuesday that its decision was indefinite and was made in response to “vulgar propaganda” on current affairs programs on the ERT channel.

ERT has frequently been caught up in political controversy. It was shut down and taken off-air by the previous conservative government in 2013, and replaced by a new broadcaster with roughly half the staff. In 2015, the current left-wing government reopened ERT.

In a statement, ERT said it would continue to cover New Democracy activities, but added that it was not prepared to “pre-emptively censor” its commentators.

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