27 Oct 2020 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 03 Aug 2020 n° 177/2020 Romania
Judicial Intimidation Targeting the Romanian Union of Journalists and Daily Newspaper "Libertatea"
Following the denunciation of irregularities in the management of the Romanian public television station TVR by the Romanian journalists' union FAIR-Mediasind, TVR's management has instructed the law firm Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners to take legal action for defamation against the union and against the journalists of the daily newspaper "Libertatea". The union said TVR had allocated a public budget of 50,742 euros to the law firm to bring these legal actions. FAIR-Mediasind issued a statement on 28 July accusing the director of the TV station, Doina Gradea, of attempting to intimidate and harass the journalists' union.
- Mediasind statement about the management of TVR: "Membri ai CA au solicitat Parlamentului revocarea șefei TVR deoarece “instituția nu-și mai îndeplinește misiunea publică”!"
- Statement from the journalists' union Mediasind: "Administrația Gradea angajează, pe bani publici, o casă de avocatură pentru a se război cu MediaSind TVR și cu jurnaliștii de la cotidianul Libertatea!"
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