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Caught between Old Habits and Democratic Strides : Romanian Press at a Crossroads

first_img On the eve of the expansion of the European Union, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a report on the state of press freedom in Romania, which hopes to join the EU in 2007. But amidst all the attempts to manipulate information, self-censorship, pressures, and assaults-fourteen years after the collapse of Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime-Romanian journalists are still finding it difficult to freely carry on their work. News Organisation News RSF_en Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Even as the European Union (EU) prepares to welcome ten new Member States which have managed to achieve their democratic transition, Romania-scheduled to join the EU in 2007-is struggling to meet the criteria for membership. Having made press freedom a core issue in the negotiations, the European Commission and the Parliament recently issued severe warnings to the Romanian government.Alarmed by a sudden increase in the number of assaults on investigative journalists in the provinces and by the growing problems confronting the press, Reporters Without Borders dispatched a delegation to Romania where, from 24 March to 1 April 2004, they gathered testimony from numerous journalists and met with local and national authorities.In its investigative report entitled “Caught between Old Habits and Democratic Strides: Romanian Press at a Crossroads” the organisation reveals that-fourteen years after the collapse of Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime-the status of press freedom in that country is still unsatisfactory. Reporters Without Borders exposes a very alarming situation in the provinces, where the media’s independence is being hindered by the conflicts of interest of their owners, who are trying to protect their economic and political interests. The few remaining investigative journalists are truly facing a dangerous situation. Four among them, who were inquiring into corruption cases involving local politicians and businessmen, were brutally assaulted in 2003. Nationally, the organisation reports attempts to manipulate information within the state-owned media, especially on the national radio, and deplores the lack of pluralism in the audiovisual sector. The authorities, very anxious to preserve their reputation, both domestically and internationally, do not appreciate criticism from the press. In this context, Romanian journalists submit to a very strong self-censorship on the most sensitive topics, such as corruption, international adoption issues, or the status of Romania’s bid for membership in the EU. Reporters Without Borders has sent recommendations not only to the European, national and local authorities, but also to the press, urging Romania to conform without delay to the European standards respecting press freedom, so that it may prevent this year-a crucial one in Romania’s race for EU membership and involving a heavy electoral schedule-from becoming a high-risk period for the country’s most critical journalists. April 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Caught between Old Habits and Democratic Strides : Romanian Press at a Crossroads Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News to go further Related documents Rapport_Roumanie_GB-2.pdfPDF – 232.93 KB – Read the report- Dowload the report : Help by sharing this information News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Romania RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Missing journalist was tortured while held by military intelligence for four months

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en October 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Missing journalist was tortured while held by military intelligence for four months Reporters Without Borders today said it was relieved by the release of Pakistani journalist Mehruddin Marri but “outraged by the torture inflicted on him by the army during his detention.” Marri had been missing since his abduction on 27 June in the southern province of Sindh.“These methods seem to have become the army’s preferred tool for scaring journalists suspected of links with the Baluch movement,” the press freedom organisation said, calling for a thorough investigation into the kidnapping.Marri, who works for the Sindhi-language daily Kawish, was able to return home after being released by military intelligence officers on 24 October. In an interview for the BBC World Service’s Urdu-language service, he said he was arrested by police in Thatta and then handed over to the army. Thereafter, he was taken to an unidentified location and interrogated by military personnel, above all about his family ties with Baluch leaders.“I was beaten and given electric shocks, and I fainted,” he said. “Then they prevented me from sleeping for three nights. I had to stand up in the middle of a room and when I fell down, someone would come in and wake me.” The military tried to make him confess to links with the Baluch nationalist movement. Before being released, a military officer told him: “Never oppose the state and the secret services.”Munir Mengal, one of the founders of the Baluchi-language TV station Baloch Voice, is still missing since being kidnapped on 7 April.—————-12 July 2006Journalist missing in Sindh province after being summoned to police stationReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the fate of Pakistani journalist Mehruddin Marri, who was reported missing on 27 June in the southern province of Sindh. Several local sources said the intelligence services could be responsible for his disappearance.“This case is one of a series of very disturbing kidnappings of journalists in Pakistan,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the authorities to do everything possible to find Marri as quickly as possible in order to dispel any suspicions about the possible role of the police in his abduction.”Marri, who works for the Sindhi-language daily Kawish, went to a police station in Thatta on 27 June in response to a summons. His family claims he was kidnapped by the police as he was returning from the police station. The police deny playing any part in his disappearance.The president and secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists fear Marri was abducted by the intelligence services and have urged the authorities to use legal means to prosecute him if they think he has broken any law.Marri is the fifth journalist to be kidnapped in Pakistan since last December. Hayatullah Khan was found dead six months after he was abducted. Mukesh Rupeta and Sanjay Kumer were held illegally by the Pakistani intelligence services for more than three months. Munir Mengal has been missing since 7 April. January 28, 2021 Find out more Newspaper journalist Mehruddin Mari was freed on 24 October after being held by military intelligence officers for four months, during which time he was beaten and administered electric shocks. Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the army’s methods. News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News April 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific News to go further Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

New KSU Executive appointed

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A new University’s Students’ Council (KSU) Executive was appointed during their Annual General Meeting, on the 3rd of April, 2019.The executive will be made up of 11 individuals, some of which already have previous experience in the University Students’ Council. These members are part of different faculties at the University of Malta.The new executive will continue working to further student representation and push the agenda of environmental sustainability at the University. Moreover, they aim at providing better services to students through implementing new and innovative policies. The new executive committee will officially commence on the 1st of June, 2019.The new executive committee is composed as follows:President: William FarrugiaVice-President: Celine BartoloSecretary General: Christian AquilinaFinancial Officer: Eman HaberPublic Relations Officer: Thomas MifsudInternational Officer: Naomi Attard International Coordinator: May HefnyEducation Coordinator: Matthew XuerebSocial Policy Coordinator: Naomi DeguaraCulture and Entertainment Officer: Julia CiniCulture and Entertainment Coordinator: Matthew GauciWhatsApplast_img read more

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