Four months after the journalist Emilia Șercan filed complaints for the publication of her private pictures and the alleged leak of key elements of the case, free press organisations express their deep concerns over delays in the investigation.
Șercan’s harassment began in January after she revealed that Prime Minister Ciucă had plagiarised his doctoral dissertation. Since then, she has received threats and her private photographs have been stolen and published online.
Two of the victims reportedly lost consciousness as they were transported by emergency services to hospital in Vatra Dornei. All their footage was deleted and the equipment was destroyed by the attackers.
Romania: Rights groups raise concerns over former bishop’s abusive legal action against media outlets and journalists
The former bishop – who is currently on trial for raping one of his students – is suing two media outlets and three journalists for publishing articles about his alleged involvement in sexual abuse at an Orthodox Christian high school.
The regulations and practices adopted by the Romanian authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have created dangerous antecedents in crisis management that could affect democracy.
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.