Romania

Romania

Fear of political censorship

The media has been increasingly transformed into political propaganda tools (particularly in election years) where excessive politicization of the media, corrupt financing mechanisms, editorial policies subordinated to owner interests, and intelligence agency infiltration of staff have become the new normal. The media environment has also been affected by the activities of far-right groups linked to the Orthodox Church—itself partly state-funded—that are openly opposed to press freedom. A bill proposed by Liviu Dragnea, president of the chamber of deputies and leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, would penalize denigration of Romania abroad and reintroduce defamation into the criminal code. It has fuelled concern about political censorship of the media.

44
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+2

46 in 2017

Global score

-0.81

24.46 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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