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Update/ Senators, vote AGAINST the amendments to the Agerpres law!

Reporters without Borders, European Center for Press and Media Freedom, ActiveWatch, Romanian Trade Union of Journalists - MediaSind, Center for Independent Journalism and Convention of the Media Organizations urge the Romanian Senate not to adopte today dangerous ammendments to the National Press Agency Agerpres Law.

read the article »Published: Monday, 30 October 2017 · comments · FreeEx

Net Neutrality: 73 NGOs from around the world send letter to EU regulators

Today, ActiveWatch joined forces with EDRi and 71 other civil society organisations from the five continents of the world to ask European Telecom Regulators to uphold net neutrality in the current negotiations about the future of the Open Internet in the European Union.

read the article »Published: Monday, 2 May 2016 · comments · FreeEx, Good Governance, Rapid Response

500 signatories, including Nobel prize winners ask UK and Sweden to cease on the arbitrarily detention of Julian Assange

Before the 31st United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva today, 500 human rights organizations, law professors, former UN office holders, and high-profile rights defenders including four Nobel Peace Prize winners have urged the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the United Nations’ decision to free Julian Assange. The statement was delivered to the Swedish and UK Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva. ActiveWatch has joined the list of signatories.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 1 March 2016 · comments · FreeEx

25 international organizations call calls for investigation into surveillance of Romanian journalist Cătălin Tolontan

We call for an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation of this incident to discourage similar incidents in the future, and believe it would constitute an important step towards demonstrating that the call for accountability from the Romanian people is being heard.

read the article »Published: Monday, 14 December 2015 · comments · FreeEx

Letter to Channel 4 on "Romanians are Coming"

Open letter to Ms Katie Buchanan, Producer of “The Romanians are coming”

Dear Ms. Katie Buchanan,

The undersigned Romanian organizations below would like thank you for the production "The Romanians are Coming" - the two episodes of which have been broadcast on Channel 4.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 · comments · FreeEx, Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

Reporters without Borders has launched the World Press Freedom Index 2015

Reporters Without Borders has published the World Press Freedom Index 2015. Romania ranks 52, with a score very close to the United States of America, and above other EU member states (Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria). Comparing to the previos ranking, Romania is 7 seats down, and the recorded score is slightly smaller. 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 · comments · FreeEx

Two months preventive detention ordered for Azerbaijani journalist

Two months preventive detention ordered for Azerbaijani journalist

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2014 · comments · FreeEx

ActiveWatch: We demand the prosecution of police violence against a journalist in the tourist hub of Bucharest

To: Ministry of Interior and the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police
The attention of the Minister Gabriel Oprea and Mr Petre Toba, General Inspector of Romanian Police

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 · comments · FreeEx

How many unconstitutionality rulings do you need in order to respect our privacy?

These days Romania is going through an absurd competition between the state – that keeps imposing laws designed to give it complete control over the citizens' communications – and the justice system, that can't stop ruling these laws unconstitutional.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 10 July 2014 · comments · FreeEx

It's Time to End the Justice Dept's Criminal Investigation Into WikiLeaks

The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530
June 19, 2014
Dear Attorney General Holder,

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 24 June 2014 · comments · FreeEx

Stop surveillance activities in Romania!

Please read and if you agree, sign this petition to stop surveillance activities in Romania

read the article »Published: Thursday, 12 June 2014 · comments · FreeEx,

Freedom of expression under attack: insult and libel reincriminate

16 December 2013

H. E. Victor Ponta
Prime Minister of Romania
Guvernul României
Piata Victoriei nr. 1, sector 1
Bucuresti, Romania
Fax +40213191588, +4021 3139846
Email: victorponta2.0@gmail.com

CC: Valeriu Zgonea, Head of the Chamber of Deputies
Str. Izvor nr.2-4, Camera 4123, Sect.5, Bucuresti
Tel/Fax: +40 214 14 19 89
Email: zgonea@cdep.ro, cabinet.presedinte@cdep.ro
Crin Antonescu, Head of the Senate
Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 1-3, sector 5, Bucuresti, 050711
Fax: +4021 315 89 42, +4021 315 89 43, +4021 315 60 03
E-mail: presa@senat.ro

Your Excellency,

We the undersigned 35 organisations, members and partners of IFEX, express our deep concern that the Romanian Parliament voted to recriminalise insult and libel as part of a wider amendment of the Penal Code, thus undoing the progress made by Romania during the last eight years to legally protect the right to freedom of expression. Criminalisation of insult and libel is a serious attack on this right, as it works to intimidate voices who criticise the structures of power in society and expose corruption, abuse and other wrongdoings.
 

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 · comments · FreeEx

Freedom of Speech Under Attack in Romania

The signatory organizations condemn the anti-democratic practices adopted and exercised by the current parliamentary majority and publicly ask the Romanian President not to promulgate the law through which, surreptitiously, the offenses of libel and insult were reintroduced in the Criminal Code.
In 2006, the Parliament decided to repeal the offenses of insult and libel. In 2007, the Constitutional Court ruled that the offenses of libel and insult are not repealed, then, in 2010, the High Court of Cassation and Justice has ruled that the offenses of insult and libel are abolished, and in 2013 the Constitutional Court ruled again that the offenses of libel and insult are not repealed.
 

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 · comments · FreeEx

ActiveWatch and Reporters without Borders protest against the amendments brought by the Romanian Government to the Insolvency Law

ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders condemn the Romanian Government's decision to adopt in a total lack of transparency a bill whose provisions threaten press freedom and the public's right to information. By supporting this legislation, the Government opened a new chapter in the history of political and economic control of the media institutions in Romania.

read the article »Published: Friday, 4 October 2013 · comments · FreeEx

150 human rights, digital rights and media rights NGOs call on Obama to end prosecution of Snowden

More than 150 civil society organisations defending human rights, digital rights and media rights in countries as far afield as the UK to Uruguay, from the USA to Ukraine to Uganda, have written to President Obama to urge him to end the prosecution of Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers like him.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 6 August 2013 · comments · FreeEx

FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

To: UEFA
Att: The Media Committee
Subject: FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

 

ActiveWatch, a Romanian human rights NGO concerned with freedom of expression and press freedom, expresses its outrage towards the unacceptable behaviour of Steaua Football Club officials against journalists and media outlets.
 

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 · comments · FreeEx

FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

To: UEFA
Att: The Media Committee
Subject: FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists
 

ActiveWatch, a Romanian human rights NGO concerned with freedom of expression and press freedom, expresses its outrage towards the unacceptable behaviour of Steaua Football Club officials against journalists and media outlets.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 · comments · FreeEx

Greek Government worse than Romanian dictator Ceausescu

Foto: DEMOTIXActiveWatch invites journalists to make a common cause by asking the Greek Government to reconsider its decision to close down the broadcasting of public radio and TV channels in Greece.

The broadcasting of public radio and TV channels in Greece was shut down on Tuesday night. All employees of the media public institutions were laid off. This decision was taken on the basis of a rushed legislative act, which was voted and enforced in 24 hours. The Government’s spokesperson justified this decision by accusing the public television of wasting public money: “ERT (the Greek state television) is a characteristic case of lack of transparency and incredible waste. This (situation) ends now” (Simos Kedikoglou, cited by Associated Press).

Foto credit: Demotix

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 · comments · FreeEx

Bucharest: Solidarity with protesters in Turkey

Today, June 6, 2013, citizens of Romania have shown their solidarity with Turkey’s protesters. Bearing in mind the recent events from many cities in Turkey, we arein front of the Turkish Embassy to give our message of solidarity with the citizens that are now defending their freedom of expression right as a reaction to the Government lack of consideration for this value. 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 6 June 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The Freedom of Expression Abusively Repressed by the Management of a High School in Covasna district

ActiveWatch, a human rights organization that fights for free communication in the public interest, condemns the abusive behaviour of Korosi Csoma Sandor High School’s class master and management, who have prevented a student from wearing a fashion accessory that had the colours of the Romanian flag. Even if the gesture of the student and of her schoolmates can be construed as provocative to the Hungarian colleagues (in the context it occurred), it falls under the limits of the freedom of expression, as there are no serious grounds to justify its sanctioning. If the student acted in a way that has lead to reactions from colleagues, this could have been sanctioned according to the school regulation, but not by confiscating or forbidding the headband.

ActiveWatch is asking the journalists to act responsibly and no longer publish the picture of the student, because she is a minor, but also because they risk exposing her to unpleasant situations taking into consideration that the student already received death threats. We also ask the journalists and politicians to prove maximum responsibility in the way they publicly speak about this topic and not to amplify the tension by exploiting nationalist topics. We would like to remind everybody that, in this context, children are victims of the nationalist discourse uttered by several politicians and supported by the media in the recent years.

read the article »Published: Friday, 22 March 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

Press realease rearding the MCV Report: Freedom of speech in Romania doesn't need new laws, but protection

The signatory organizations express their bewilderment and concern regarding the findings and recommendations referring to mass-media included in the CVM.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 30 January 2013 · comments · FreeEx

ActiveWatch proposed European Parliament to ban the infiltration of newsrooms by intelligence officers

To: The members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Ref: the „EU Charter: Standard settings for media freedom across the EU” Report


 

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 · comments · FreeEx

Protest: Libertatea de exprimare evacuată de pe National Arena - UPDATE 2

 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 22 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx

Protest: Libertatea de exprimare evacuată de pe National Arena - UPDATE 1

 

read the article »Published: Friday, 2 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx

Protest: Free speech evacuated from The National Arena

 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 1 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx

Violence against Journalists During Street Protests in Romania. Police Abuse Against Citizens

ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring Agency and Reporters without Borders condemn the violence perpetrated against journalists by both police and protesters. The two organizations also condemn basic human rights violations by the riot police, such as the right to free speech, the right to freedom of movement and the right to freedom of assembly

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 · comments · FreeEx

Adevarul de Seara Focsani nu-si gaseste ziarele in chioscurile Monitorului de Vrancea

Jurnaliștii de la săptămânalul Adevărul de Seară Focșani acuză firma de distribuție Trinec Serv (a Monitorului de Vrancea), deținută de Corina Trifan, că obstrucționează apariția publicației. Potrivit acestora, motivul ar fi legat de publicarea unui articol defavorabil la adresa firmei Mavi Beton SRL, la care Corina Trifan este acționar alături de soțul său.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 7 July 2011 · comments · FreeEx

Inevitabila lege a presei

Saptamana trecuta (11 mai) ONG-urile au fost invitate la Comisia de Mass-Media din Camera Deputatilor pentru a discuta despre oportunitatea unei legi a presei.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 · comments · FreeEx

Adevarul Holding a cenzurat TOTB pentru Coca-Cola?

Vor mai trece, probabil, multe râuri de Cola, până când unele instituții de presă vor înțelege că cenzura este inadmisibilă într-un stat de drept. Pe principiul „ciocu’ mic și bea o Cola”, Adevărul Holding a oprit fără preaviz funcționarea platformei Think Outside the Box (TOTB), deși contractul de parteneriat prevedea un preaviz de 45 de zile în cazul rezilierii unilaterale.

read the article »Published: Monday, 9 May 2011 · comments · FreeEx

Ziaristul de la Realitatea e liber. Prea liber

[caption id="attachment_1398" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Prim plan: Sorin Freciu, Sorin Enache, Sebastian Ghita. Planul doi: Dragos Nedelcu. (la sedinta CNA din 5 aprilie) "][/caption] Zilele astea s-a tot discutat în presă și în mediile apropiate presei și politicului despre conflictul Ghiță – Vîntu, despre cauzele și substratul acestui conflict și despre efectul pe care îl are pe produsul finit, adică pe ce vede cetățeanul când se uită la Realitatea TV. Cele două părți aflate în conflict s-au acuzat reciproc de ingerințe editoriale.

read the article »Published: Friday, 8 April 2011 · comments · FreeEx

Csibi vs. statul roman

Csibi Barna este un cetățean român de etnie maghiară care, într-un ceremonial public, a spânzurat o păpușă care îl reprezenta pe Avram Iancu. Gestul este extrem și scandalos, întrucât acesta din urmă este un erou național pentru români. Din acest motiv, Csibi a fost criticat și de politicienii maghiari.

read the article »Published: Monday, 28 March 2011 · comments · FreeEx

Alerta de teapa pentru jurnalisti!

A verificat cineva informația sau anumiți jurnaliști vor să-i dea lui Zoso ocazia să spună că nimeni nu verifică informația din mai multe surse? Zoso a spus pe blog inclusiv că ar fi fost asociat al pretinsului său tată sindicalist, în câteva firme ale acestuia

read the article »Published: Friday, 25 March 2011 · comments · FreeEx

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