About a week ago, I went to the Topography of Terror in Berlin. One of the exhibitions dealt with the role of the media in maintaining the Nazi terror regime.

Knowledge of history has never been more valuable because the German government this week once more crossed the red line into flagrant Fascism, using its power to help shut down the Greek national broadcaster ERT as part of an unprecedented assault on freedom of the press, democracy and fundamental human rights.

The Greek national broadcaster was taken off air in the middle of a programme on Tuesday night without warning, without a public debate or a debate in parliament.

A brave group of journalits have rebelled and keep a skeleton service going as a pirate station cheered on by supporters in scenes worthy of a fascist dictatorship.

A poll shows two thirds of the Greeks oppose the closure of their national broadcaster, paid for by their taxes.


But who cares about public opinion in the brave new world of the Fascist EU and Germany?

The ERT was shut down by the police following a decree — considered illegal by many — by the EU/ECB/IMF Troika puppet, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The move was greeted with applause by the German government as the transcript of a press conference held in Berlin on June 12 which I obtained shows.

If this is possible, anything is possible including the shutting down at gun point of the media in Spain, Ireland, Italy and France.

Make no mistake: the closure of the ERT is a watershed.

It marks the moment when it is no longer hyperbole or sensationalism to talk of a Fascist German government and a Fascist EU. Fascism is, in fact, now the only accurate description of the Merkel government and the EU.

The criteria for determining whether a government is Fascist is, after all, not whether it holds democratic elections. Hitler was also elected democratically. No, the criteria is whether it protects fundamental freedoms, including press freedom.

History shows us what governments do when the last vestiges of the free press are crushed. A media vacuum is an ideal opportunity to launch mass swine flu vaccine campaigns with a vaccine known to cause damage – or mass arrests and concentration camps when economies fail due to austerity imposed by banksters to pay interest on a privatised money system. The freedom of the press is the benchmark and cornerstone of any democracy. It is a fundamental right enshrined in Article 5 of the German Constitution.


After such an unprecedented assault on the free media nothing more can be excluded, not even a military occupation of Greece.

Like Greece, Germany is also set for hyperinflation and economic collapse and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel may well have an interest in concealing the failure of her austerity polices in Greece because she does not want the Germans to wake up to the realization that they will soon be as impoverished as the Greeks by those very same policies ahead of elections in September.

The IMF‘s Chicago Plan Revisited advocating a return to public money has been buried by Merkel, Obama and the rest of the Bilderberg bankster elite in spite of support by economists.


Merkel, the most powerful politician in Europe according to The Economist yesterday claimed she had no say over the closure of the ERT.


The fact that Merkel, the most powerful politician in Europe according to the Economist, denies any responsibility can be no surprise. German Fascist dictators have a history of lying. Hitler lied about his intention to invade Poland, for example.

„“Where is Europe going?” has become synonymous with: “What do the Germans want?”“ writes the Economist.


he Economist has described Germany as a reluctant hegemon. There can be no question of reluctance.

The German government is actively applauding the move to prevent Greek journalists from reporting on the deflation crisis and catastrophic rates of unemployment among the young caused by austerity policies imposed at the behest of Germany on behalf of the international banksters.

Merkel’s fascism is a new totalitarianism which even seeks to eliminate the media altogether.

When the people can no longer be brainwashed by the mainstream media or the false flag alternative media centered on the likes of Alex Jones and his cabal like Ron Paul, Daniel Hannan, Wolfgang Wodarg and Teresa Forcades, now trying to get a false flag Catalonia independence movement off the ground, then the time seems to come to kill them, it seems. And for that, a total media blackout is convenient.

The organized lying practiced by the German government like all totalitarian governments reached a nauseating degree during the press conference dealing with the closure of the ERT on June 12th as can be judged by anyone who reads excerpts of the press conference, which, according to the German government press officer, is the only significant policy statement by the German government on the momentous closure of the Greek national broadcaster by decree.

For a complete transcript of lies, fraud and fabrications told during the conference, please send an email to cvd@bpa.bund.de because there is no other email to send press inquiries to.

Freedom of thought and the press are usually attacked by arguments which are not worth bothering about, wrote George Orwell. This is certainly true of the arguments presented bz the German government spokespersons on June 12th as anyone can see who can be bothered to read the transcript in German.

The whole world knows that the current Greek government had to sign up to the Troika agenda, largely dictated by Germany, before it was allowed to assume power, and yet the German government press officers insist Germany has no influence.


It is well known that Samaris is not a Greek Prime Minister as the German Finance Minister spokesman Martin Kotthaus maintains. He became a puppet of the Troika and German government when he was forced to sign a document promising to carry out their austerity police regardless of Greek public opinion or Greek interests as condition of assuming power in the first place.

The degree of personal interference in Greek affairs was illustrated when Merkel personally summoned the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to Cannes and threatened him if he went ahead with a referendum over the euro.


Even a a report in the ORF admits that the unprecedented crushing of the media was desired by key creditors, including Germany.


In spite of all these documents and facts, the German finance ministry spokesman Martin Kotthaus dares to claim that Germany had no influence over the decision by their puppet Prime Minister to close the ERT.

Kotthaus says that shutting down the remains of the Greek free press is necessary for German-imposed austerity measures, which have devastated the country. But the very fact that even the national broadcaster has to be shut down could not offer greater proof of the failure of the austerity policies the German government advocates, following its own twisted, circular logic.

The argument that the ERT is corrupt and inefficient is correct. It is that way because politicians like Samaras wanted it that way. The political class made political appointments to influence and manipulate the flow of information to the public as they do in Germany.

The ERT organization is no way as inefficient as Germany ZDF and ARD, as Der Spiegel points out.


The ZDF and ARD propaganda machine costs each person in Germany 109 euros a year compared to the mere 26 euros which the operation of the ERT costs each Greek.

Every household in Germany is now compelled to pay an illegal tax to fund the monstrous propaganda machine of the ARD and ZDF regardless of whether they have a TV or radio or not, sparking widespread protests.


The solution to inefficiency is not to shut down the ERT broadcaster at the point of a gun. The answer is a reform and a more independent press – preferably allowed to report on the crimes of the Troika, of Merkel and Samaras.

Also, if the Merkel government really opposed this assault on press freedom, all they would have to do given their dominance of Europe is make a statement calling on Samaras to reopen the ERT or offer emergency funds. There is no question of any such thing happening.

Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert demonstrates the ultimate hypocrisy when he begins the press conference by stressing the importance of the freedom of speech in Syria to fuel war in the Middle East.

But when it comes to freedom of speech in Greece, he is fully supportive of its eradication.

The German public broadcasts ARD and ZDF are also apologists of totalitarianism. The only comment posted by an ARD journalist supports the closure of the ERT on cost grounds.

The heads of the ARD and ZDF signed an open letter sent by the European Broadcast Union in protest at the closure of the Greek state media. But their signatures are hypocritical considering their complete failure to take effective action against it.

The EBU has intervened to allow banned Greek journalists to continue on air – not the ARD or ZDF.


The ZDF and ARD appeared to be being expanded with an illegal tax levy to fulfill the role of the propaganda behemoths of the future Nazi dominated EU. For make no mistake. If the Germans can have the Greek national broadcaster shut down, they can have the Italian, Spanish, Irish, French broadcasters shut down.

What we will be left with are the ARD and ZDF., which lie day and night, lie about the damage of the swine flu vaccine, lie about the privatized money supply.

This will be my last report from a now blatantly Fascist Germany.

For the record, below is a copy of the questions I emailed to the German government press office concerning the closure of ERT, their reply as well as excerpts of the press conference so that everyone can see the lies, hypocrisy and fraud of the German government themselves.

I have not translated the relevant portions oft he transcript into English because they are too sickening.

As someone whose father fought in the Waffen SS in Finland during the second world war, I find the re emergence of a fascist dictatorship in Germany the lies, hypocrisy and fraud of the German government press officers especially nauseating. They should be put on trial for their role in destroying the freedom of the press in Germany and Europe against the German constitution – and one day, I bet; they will be put on trial.

Jane Burgermeister 14 June 2013 14:00

To: cvd@bpa.bund.de


The Greek public service broadcaster ERT has been shut down allegedly because of the need to make cuts in spending – cuts which the German government has also been demanding as part of a so called austerity drive.


I am an Austrian/Irish journalist and a blogger and would like to post on this topic.

My background briefly: I have written for publications such as Reuters, The Scientist, Nature and The Guardian as you can see from Google Scholar.


I gave accurate information about the potential damage caused by the swine flu vaccine in 2009 – damage now officially confirmed by the governments of Sweden, Finland and Ireland among others.

A Youtube video clip I made in German received 440,000 views in 2009.

I gave accurate Information about the swine flu vaccines when your government did not. That could be one reason why an increasing proportion of the population is turning to the alternative media for information.

I would like now to post on the closure of the Greek public state broadcaster.

The media is considered to be the “fourth estate” and crucial for the functioning of a democracy. No public TV and Radio broadcaster has been shut down by any government in modern European history. The ERT has been operating since 1938.

My specific questions to the German government concerning the sudden shut down of the ERT state broadcaster in Greece are:

1) What is the view of the German government on the sudden shut down of the Greek ERT public TV and radio service?

2) Does the German government believe the shut down of the public broadcaster is a meaningful contribution to austerity? Or does it share concerns that the sudden closure of the ERT state broadcaster, and by police force, is an attack on freedom of speech and democracy?

3) Has the German government or Chancellor Angela Merkel made any statements on this unprecedented event yet (time of sending of this email) or not? If not, why not? If so, what statements has she made?

4) Did the German government know about plans to close down the ERT or put pressure on the EU and Greek government to close ERT?

5) Greece is widely perceived as a country indirectly under German control because Germany is one of the most powerful members of the EU and has considerable influence over the EU/IMF/ECB Troika currently running Greece’s government.

Germany has also public pressed for austerity in Greece.

Does the German government fear that ist perceived failure to intervene vigorously could be interpretated as signalling a tacit agreement with this unprecedented attack on the freedom of every single person in Greece and Europe even if it did not put pressure on the EU and Greek government?

6) Did the heads of German public broadcaster ARB and ZDF sign an open letter from the EBU calling for the ERT to be reopened? If not, why not?

7) Does the German government intend to take action to restore the operation of the ERT such as offering emergency funds? If not, why not?


8) Does the German government consider itself to have a special duty to protect the media and press freedom given the very recent Nazi dictatorship and occupation of Greece? Many Greeks still living experienced the brutal Nazi occupation and remember atrocities such as Distomo. Is there a Special burden on Germany to be seen to take action on the ERT by insisting on ist reopening loudly and publicly?

I would appreciate a written answer to my questions as soon as possible. Please feel free to reply in German. I can post your answers in German with a translation in English. The General public will judge your answers or lack of them – not me.

Finally, I would like to express my astonishment that the German government press office appears to have no email address readily available to sk for information. I was told on the phone by the Chef vom Dienst at the press office that I had to use the Chef von Dienst email address above.


A written record of all questions to a government, and a written record of all replies by the government is important for transparency and press freedom.

Under the current system, journalists cannot keep a written electronic copy of their questions – and, therefore, cannot hold the German government accountable for failures to answer the questions and in a timely manner.

Does the German government intend to change this system and create an email address for the press office to allow for more transparency for the press or not?

I would also appreciate an answer to this question.


Jane Bürgermeister

MA (Hons) Edinburgh University

This email will be posted on my blog together with your answer.

When I worked for the mainstream media — check my Name under Google Scholar — I also received replies from governments within one day. I hope you will treat bloggers, especially bloggers like myself who have a record of accurate information, equally professionally,

Chef vom Dienst 14 June 2013 15:42

To: Jane Burgermeister

Cc: Chef vom Dienst

Dear Ms. Burgermeister,

your questions were subject at the press-conference 12.6., attached, page 12. This is the position of the German Government. There is nothing to add.

Questions concerning ARD and ZDF should be addressed to these institutions.



Dr. Annekatrin Gebauer

Chefin vom Dienst


Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Dorotheenstr. 84, 10117 Berlin

Telefon: 03018/272-2030

Telefax: 03018/272-3152

E-Mail: annekatrin.gebauer@bpa.bund.de

E-Mail: cvd@bpa.bund.de

Internet: http://www.bundesregierung.de

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(Behandlungsvermerk: zum Teil „unter zwei“)

Mittwoch, 12. Juni 2013, 13.00 Uhr, BPK

Themen: Situation in der Türkei, Beschluss der Duma über das sogenannte Gesetz gegen homosexuelle Propaganda, Anpassung der Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise des Auswärtigen Amtes für Russland, Kabinettssitzung (Hochwasserlage, Gesetzentwurf zur Änderung des Einkommenssteuergesetzes, Reservekraftwerksverordnung, Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie), NSA-Überwachungsprogramm PRISM, Grundsteinlegung für das Berliner Stadtschloss, Schließung der griechischen öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalt ERT, Endlagersuchgesetz, Verhandlungen über ein Handels- und Investitionsabkommen zwischen der EU und den USA

Sprecher: StS Seibert, Peschke (AA), Kotthaus (BMF), Paris (BMVg), Wieduwilt (BMJ), Teschke (BMI), Küchen (BMAS), Fronczak (BMELV), Schwartz (BMWi), Maaß (BMU)

FRAGE CHILAS: Ich möchte gerne Herrn Kotthaus fragen. Ich wollte fragen, wie Sie die gestrige Schließung des griechischen öffentlichen Rundfunks gefunden haben, die aufgrund der Pressionen der Troika und von Spargründen erfolgt ist. Würden Sie das als Erfolg im Sinne der Umsetzung des Griechenland-Programms verbuchen und begrüßen? Finden Sie das toll?

KOTTHAUS: Lieber Herr Chilas, ich glaube, das ist nicht die Frage. Darauf, ob wir irgendetwas toll finden, kommt es nicht an. Es gibt ein Programm, das mit Griechenland verabredet worden ist, in dem die Worte Rundfunk oder Schließung nicht vorkommen. Das müssen wir einmal festhalten!

Zweitens gibt es die Einigung mit den griechischen Regierungen, dass man im öffentlichen Sektor Personal abbauen soll. Das ist so verabredet worden, und zwar geht es um insgesamt 150.000 Beschäftigte. Sie wissen auch, dass dieser Abbau im Wesentlichen nicht durch Kündigungen erfolgt. Bei dem, worüber wir jetzt gerade reden, ging es um Disziplinarfälle, Sorgfaltsüberprüfungen, Mobilitätsprogramme, freiwillige Abgänge und Ähnliches mehr. Dadurch wurden bis jetzt 80.000 Stellen abgebaut, und zwar in einem solchen Maße, dass man auch wieder Leute einstellen kann. Für das Jahr 2014 geht es jetzt um 15.000 Stellen, die bis 2014 abgebaut worden sein sollen, und für das Jahr 2013 um 4.000 Stellen.

Zu dieser Klausel: Die ersten 80.000 Stellen wurden im Verhältnis 5:1 abgebaut. Man kann sagen: Für fünf Stellen, die abgebaut werden, kann man wieder eine Stelle besetzen. Bei den Stellen, die jetzt gerade abgebaut werden, beträgt das Verhältnis 1:1. Mit den Maßnahmen, die ich gerade beschrieben habe, können auch wieder neue Leute eingestellt werden, und zwar in Erwartung der griechischen Regierung, dadurch auch die Effizienz zu steigern.

Wie Griechenland das im Endeffekt macht und wie die griechische Regierung das zu tun entscheidet, das ist die Entscheidung der griechischen Regierung, nicht und schon gar nicht die Entscheidung von uns. Die Effizienz der Maßnahmen im Rahmen des Programmes muss im Endeffekt die Troika beurteilen. Aber noch einmal: Wie das gemacht wird, in welcher Art und Weise und in welcher Form, das steht ganz allein im Benehmen der griechischen Regierung. Es kommt gar nicht darauf an, was ich hier toll finde oder nicht toll finde, sondern es kommt darauf an, wie das Programm umgesetzt wird. Diese Detailentscheidungen ich glaube, das ist den Griechen auch sehr wichtig gewesen werden in Athen gefällt, nicht in Brüssel und schon gar nicht in Berlin.

ZUSATZFRAGE CHILAS: Aber ich habe Sie etwas ganz Konkretes gefragt. Die Schließung ist, wie gesagt, aufgrund der Pressionen der Troika erfolgt. Die Troika, wenn ich nicht irre, handelt immer im Auftrag und Interesse der Gläubiger, also auch der Bundesrepublik. Das ist also keine Entscheidung, die die griechische Regierung aus freien Stücken getroffen hat. Es geht um etwas ganz Konkretes. Ich frage Sie jetzt, ob Sie vielleicht konkreter ausführen können, wie Sie das sehen.

KOTTHAUS: Herr Chilas, ich kann Ihre Wahrnehmung nicht teilen; das muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen. Die Troika gibt keine Details dazu vor, welche Stelle wo und wie abgebaut werden muss. Die Troika muss darauf achten, dass das Programm umgesetzt wird. Sie achtet darauf im Interesse Griechenlands, aber auch im Interesse der gesamten Staaten, die sich mit Griechenland solidarisch gezeigt haben. Die Troika muss darauf achten, dass die Abbaupfade im öffentlichen Sektor beibehalten werden, weil das die Verpflichtung ist, die wir alle gegenseitig eingegangen sind.

Ich glaube, Ihre Darstellung, dass die Troika irgendetwas aufoktroyiert hat, ist nach meiner Kenntnis schlicht und ergreifend nicht zutreffend. Die Troika muss vielmehr darauf achten, dass das Programm umgesetzt wird. Über die Details in Bezug darauf, wie, wo, in welcher Art und Weise Stellen ab- und auch wieder aufgebaut werden, entscheidet allein die griechische Regierung in Athen. Das ist auch richtig so, denn Griechenland ist das Land, das selbst entscheiden muss, wo man wie am besten arbeitet. Daher sage ich nochmals: Es ist nicht an mir, zu entscheiden, gut zu finden oder nicht gut zu finden, wie sich die griechische Regierung benimmt. Das Relevante ist, dass das Programm, das wir alle gemeinsam verabredet haben, umgesetzt wird. Das passiert.

ZUSATZFRAGE CHILAS: Ich habe diesbezüglich auch eine Frage an Herrn Seibert. Herr Seibert, Sie waren bis vor einigen Jahren aktiver Journalist in einer öffentlichen Anstalt. Wie würden Sie reagieren, wenn Ihre Anstalt, die öffentliche Anstalt, per Regierungsdekret über Nacht abgeschafft worden wäre? Ich frage Sie sowohl in Ihrer Eigenschaft als Ex-Journalist als auch als Regierungssprecher.

STS SEIBERT: Ich sitze aber nur in einer Eigenschaft hier, und mein berufliches Vorleben wird nichts daran ändern, dass ich die Antwort von Herrn Kotthaus für die absolut und einzig richtige halte. Dies ist nicht eine Sache der Bundesregierung, sondern dies ist eine Sache der griechischen Regierung, die mit dieser Maßnahme und anderen Maßnahmen Vorgaben erfüllt, zu denen sie sich in Verabredungen mit der Troika verpflichtet hat. Das gibt es doch in vielen anderen Bereichen auch. Wenn das Memorandum of Unterstanding beispielsweise Privatisierungen in einer bestimmten Höhe vorsieht, dann diskutieren wir hier doch auch nicht, ob es das Staatsunternehmen A oder das Staatsunternehmen B treffen soll. Deswegen muss ich diese Frage genauso wie Herr Kotthaus beantworten, unabhängig davon, was ich bis 2010 beruflich gemacht habe.

ZUSATZFRAGE CHILAS: Meine Frage zielte darauf ab, zu erfahren, wie Sie das demokratiepolitisch sehen, auch vom Standpunkt der Freiheit der Informationen aus. Wenn der einzige öffentliche Informationsträger geschlossen wird, ist das dann im Sinne einer europäischen Innenpolitik und nicht wert, kommentiert zu werden?

STS SEIBERT: Ich habe aus der Berichterstattung nicht den Eindruck gewonnen, dass es sich um eine dauerhafte Schließung handeln soll. Im Übrigen verweise ich auf die Antwort, die wir hier gegeben haben.

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