Compared to other countries with precarious democracy, in Romania journalists do not do so badly in terms of freedom of speech. There are minor aggressions, and there is also a vigilant civil society and on ramparts, which immediately draw attention upon them. One of the most active media monitors in Romania, ActiveWatch, publishes annual reports on the state of press freedom and issues press releases shortly after scandals. The real threat to press freedom is financial constraint. For being a journalist in Romania you need to have your “safety nets”. A lot of journalists spoke about that in a recent press conference. One of the conclusions was that many Romanian journalists do not do their job out of fear of being fired.
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