Media are no Threat to Security in Romania, Says EFJ

Today the European

Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International

Federation of Journalists, rejected the idea that media are a potential threat

to national security in Romania.

"We understand that

, in Romania

like in any other country, terrorism, crime and corruption pose a threat to the public and the government , but we are puzzled to hear that media could be

added to a list of threats to public institutions," said EFJ President

Arne König. "Media are an essential part of the democratic life; they help

investigating precisely threats to the public and we hope the Romanian

Presidency will realise this mistake."

The National Defence

Strategy, recently initiated by the President of Romania,  was adopted by the Romanian Supreme Defence

Council (CSAT) and submitted to the Parliament yesterday, 23 June 2010. According

to this Strategy, media are at the heart of "orchestrated campaigns that

denigrate state institutions by disseminating false information" with a

view to slandering the state institutions. 



The EFJ supports a broad

coalition that includes its affiliate, the Romanian Journalists Federation

MediaSind, and which strongly opposes the proposals made by the CSAT.

Journalists' role is to

inform the public and to investigate on various issues, including potential

threats to institutions, says the EFJ. To this end, there is a risk that

governments or public institutions are criticised in the process, but the greatest

risk is taken by those courageous journalists who investigate crime and

corruption.

The EFJ refutes any

allegations that the aim of journalists is to "orchestrate campaigns"

and condemns the approach taken by the CSAT Strategy. It calls on the Romanian

Parliament to amend the document by respecting the role of media in democracy.

For more

information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235 2200
The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries in Europe