Romania: EFJ Denounces Double Standards of Swiss Company Ringier

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European

group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today denounced the

"double standards" used by Swiss media group Ringier against Romanian


"Once again we see a company working outside its home base

applying scandalous double standards," said EFJ General Secretary Aidan White.

"The Ringier company would never contemplate the sort of behaviour in Switzerland that it is guilty of in Romania where

it has been caught cheating its employees out of pay that is due to them."

The scandal was uncovered when Marius Draghici, a journalist

working at Evenimentul Zilei, the daily

newspaper owned by Ringier, opened a case over financial discrimination and filed a complaint at the Court of Bucharest for workplace harassment,

censorship and violation of his rights.

Since October 2008, the editor of  Evenimentul

Zilei censored articles written by Draghici, including investigations into

cases involving senior public officials and reports on the Holocaust. As a

result of his complaint on 11 February 2009, his employer cut almost 70 per

cent of his salary. The EFJ affiliate in Romania, RFJ MediaSind, also filed a

complaint against Ringier Romania before the Ministry of Labor, Family and

Social Protection.

A report by the Ministry of Labour confirmed the rights of

Mr. Draghici and called on Ringier Romania SRL to pay Mr. Draghici his full

salary. The report also revealed that the labour law on minimum wage and

overtime work was violated for all the employees of Ringier Romania. The

Ministry has requested a settlement covering all unpaid amounts over the past

three years.

For more information contact

the IFJ at +32 2 235 2200
The EFJ represents over

260,000 journalists in 30 countries.