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Adevârul - Romania | Sunday, October 25, 2015

Silence over police death fuels speculation

A police officer was fatally injured last Tuesday when he rode over a pothole as part of the motorcade accompanying Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. The police and the Interior Ministry withheld information on the accident for a number of days. But hushing up the facts only fuels speculation, the daily Adevărul believes: "When basic information is withheld, public opinion always follows its natural inclination and tries to fill in the gaps. In the press release issued about Cosmin Gigină's death by his employer, information was omitted which was then supplied by eyewitnesses: the officer was part of Deputy Prime Minister Oprea's motorcade. No doubt other gaps will also be filled, however there's no guaranteeing that the information provided will be true or made up by lies and manipulation. ... In the age of real-time communication, you can no longer prevent information from coming out by holding back sensitive details for as long as possible. On the contrary, the rule now is: 'Close the information gaps before someone closes them for you'."

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