Dilema Veche

Romania: Journalists’ slips

05/09/2017

A journalist who publish on Facebook the address of the leader of the Democratic Socialist Party; another journalist publishing an open letter addressed to the minor daughter of a journalist that criticized the leading party: in Romania journalism the lack professional ethics are daily occurrence, while more and more journalists are switching to political careers.

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Romania: how to strike fake news disseminator

05/09/2017

The 2016 local and parliamentary elections, as well as the mass protests in January-February 2017 have paved the way to massive misinformation and manipulation, propagated by mainstream media and various web-sites. On the other side, civil society protesters has developed a serious public countering to these manipulation, boycotting the products advertised by those TV stations which disseminated fake news.

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Romania: Fined for criticizing the authorities on Facebook

05/09/2017

Since the beginning of the year two cases of restriction of freedom of expression have generated a lot of debate in Romania. Cosmin Bîrsan, a young man from Odobesti, was fined because he posted on Facebook some critical remarks regarding the municipality’s activities. These posts were not an attack on the person, they were just ironic commentaries on the state of roads, questioning the controversial actions and affairs of Mayor's business. Another case with the same pattern took place at the beginning of the year. Following a Facebook posting in which a police car was filmed in a traffic slalom, seven people were summoned by the Târgu Jiu Police Force to be fined. One of them was the one who posted the video, the others were "guilty" of uploading comments. Although both video and comments were deleted, everyone in the end was fined.

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Serbia: Blocking the access to information

02/03/2017

Serbia has one of the best laws in the world to guarantee public access to information. The problem is, the state does not respect its own laws. And the situation may get worse in the future

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Bulgaria: Free information access

02/03/2017

One of three institution in Bulgaria is not transperant

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Slovenia: money is killing independant journalism

17/02/2017

Downsizing measures go on in Slovenian medias. Delo, a centre left newspaper was not an exception: trade unions and indipendent journalists are worried about the destiny of this important newspaper.

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The psychotronics, Soros and the Nazi

16/02/2017

Social media, phantom sites, and some of the most watched TV channels in Romania played a role in recent protests in Romania.

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Access to information

26/01/2017

The Romanian law that governs the access to information is the law 554/2001. This law provides that any person, Romanian or foreigner, may request any information of public interest, without justify their request, the law guaranteeing free access to information for everyone. How well structured is this law, how it is applied and how well known and accessible it is - I addressed these few questions to Ioana Avădani, executive director of the Center for Independent Journalism and to those directly involved in the accessibility of this law - journalists and those outside the guild.

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Traditional family vs normality

12/01/2017

Romania was among the latest countries in Europe that decriminalized homosexuality. It was not until 2001 that the article that punished homosexuality with prison was repealed. Still, the LGBT community suffers of public discrimination and has quite low visibility in mass media.

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The sweet taste of swedish democracy

08/12/2016

A trip to Stockholm highlights how far Kosovo has to go when it comes to media freedoms and human rights.

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