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March 2, 2021

SRR reacts to law on classified information in radio and TV

In response to the articles published by the local press on Monday, regarding the decision of the Supreme Defence Council to found a structure for classified information in public media companies, the Communication Department of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (SRR) issued a press release announcing a change of the organizational structure of the institution, by the foundation of a department to manage classified information, based on Law No. 182 / 2002 and on the Supreme Defence Council Resolution No. 031, issued on March 12, 2009. In the meeting of June 5, 2009, the Administration Council of SRR, considering that the presented information was incomplete, demanded the law experts of the institution additional information regarding the legal obligations of SRR generated by Law No. 182 / 2002, as well as regarding the categories of documents influenced by the respective law, and decided to request the opinions of the Cultural and Legal Committees of the Parliament, as well as of the Common Permanent Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate, to find out how the Parliament should control the SRR activity on this matter.

The Administration Council will discuss again the request by the Supreme Defence Council after receiving all demanded papers and opinions. As for the position of the President, General Manager Maria Toghina, she declared during the meeting that she decided not to vote at this subject of the daily agenda as, ever since she overtook her position, although her colleagues announced that the foundation of this department was compulsory, she had considered that it would not be fit for a media institution such as the Public Radio Station where the amount of classified papers scarcely requires the foundation of the respective department.

The SRR President also added that the subject was brought to the attention of the Administration Council as a result of Resolution No. 031, issued on March 12, 2009, by the Supreme Defence Council. As for the request of additional papers and points of view from the Parliamentar committees, they gained a majority of favourable votes, including those of the General Manager.

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