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Dilema Veche - Romania | 02/06/2010

Romanian journalists are information mercenaries

The Romanian NGO ActiveWatch writes in a report that in 2009 around 3,000 journalists were made redundant owing to the crisis. Journalists were also subjected to political pressure during the presidential elections, the weekly Dilema Veche writes: "Politicians and media moguls have turned the press into a boxing ring. The media companies all backed one of the two presidential candidates, ... and placed obedient people in key positions. Some media entrepreneurs even went as far as to make public who they voted for in the election. Many journalists gave in to this pressure and wrote biased reports, committed serious ethical errors and became the 'mercenaries' of information. ... The economic crisis has weakened the media industry, making it more vulnerable to political and economic pressure. In 2009 there were concrete cases of state money being used to purchase flattering news reports. A phenomenon most evident in the local press, where publications ... depend on the revenues from such [advertising] contracts."

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