During yesterday’s hearings at the Chamber of Deputies’ Commission for Culture, Laura Georgescu, head of the National Audiovisual Council (CNA), explained she was the victim in the controversial recorded conversations in which she seemingly offends certain MPs and persons in the television business, according to digi24.ro. She claimed the recordings were especially edited to make her look bad.In the respective recordings made public by realitatea.net, the president of CNA refers to the level of protection certain television stations allegedly enjoy.“That sleazebag Georgica Severin (editor’s note – head of the Senate’s Commission of Culture) forced me to give them the floor. Am I supposed to cover for that idiot Ghita (editor’s note – Sebastian Ghita, PSD deputy and owner of Realitatea TV station) and Romania TV and not take advantage? How else do you think things work in Romania? Is anything legal? Am I supposed to go to them and say, ‘Sorry to interrupt, but you see, I have this law?’ Can I do my job in its shadow? No. Well, then you can go to hell! I’ll come and blackmail you, what else can I do?” Laura Georgescu says to a yet unidentified interlocutor in the recorded conversation.The law does not allow the Parliament to demote Laura Georgescu unless she willingly accepts to leave her position as head of CNA, is criminally charged, or found in incompatibility.The MPs in Dan Diaconescu People’s Party (PPDD) announced yesterday they would file a criminal complaint against Laura Georgescu.Former PNL leader Crin Antonescu commented on the recordings featuring the head of CNA live on Realitatea TV. “It’s difficult to formulate an opinion. I find it outrageous. I am not familiar with the context, but if it turns out that the speaker is indeed Mrs. Georgescu, it will be yet another in a series of recordings that clearly reflects the pathetic state important institutions in our country are in, and the unacceptable and disgusting infiltration of political, biased pressure into institutions that are active in such an important field that should ensure objectivity. This fragment of conversation explains why the current state of affairs of a large part of the audiovisual sector in Romania is the way it is. Some of you still manage, almost heroically, to practice the profession of journalism,” he said.
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