Approximately 15 journalists were attacked by Romanian police during a major anti-corruption protest on 10 August. RSF and ActiveWatch are calling on the security forces to publish the instructions they were given on how to behave towards journalists covering public events.
IFEX members call for an immediate investigation into spying operations in Romania incompatible with free and democratic society.
The free expression and privacy rights of Romanians are threatened by recent invasive data retention laws. Sign the petition and help demand an end to invasive surveillance legislation!
ActiveWatch has released “The Political Map of Local Televisions,” a qualitative research report that analyses local TV stations’ financial status, sources of funding and the political and economic pressures they are subject to.
IFEX members are calling on the president of Romania to veto proposed changes to the penal code passed by Parliament that would recriminalise insult and libel.
On 10 December 2013, the Romanian Parliament recriminalised libel and insult without any public consultation. Press freedom groups are calling on President Traian Basescu to abstain from promulgating the new law.
On the 2 October 2013, the Romanian government adopted an emergency ordinance on procedures for preventing insolvency, which requires suspension of licenses for audiovisual companies entering insolvency proceedings.
ActiveWatch, a Romanian human rights NGO concerned with freedom of expression, expresses its outrage towards the unacceptable behaviour by Steaua Football Club officials against journalists and media outlets.
The Center for Independent Journalism will dedicate its World Press Freedom Day actions to the Citizen Initiative for Media Pluralism, in a bid to empower both the media (weakened after years of political and economic pressures) and people.
VIENNA, May 18, 2012 – The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today condemned the May 16 attack on Romanian journalist Dan Bucura and said it hopes that the perpetrators will soon be brought to justice. Bucura, an investigative reporter with Realitatea TV and former editor-in-chief […]
Protesters and policemen allegedly assaulted the reporters as the peaceful protests degenerated into violence.
The European group of the IFJ urged parliament to respect the role of media in democracy and amend the document adopted by the Supreme Defence Council.
“This law, if adopted, would increase political interference in public radio and television, while weakening the voice of professional journalists and civil society groups,” said IFJ.
Prime Minister Emil Boc reportedly wrestled the microphone from a Realitatea TV reporter and then publicly accused the network of “misinforming and distorting Romanian reality”.