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Roberta Anastase and Gyorgi Frunda say they were blackmailed by several journalists

The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase and UDMR Senator Gyorgy Frunda presented several situations in which they were allegedly blackmailed by journalists. The accusations were made Tuesday, in a meeting with NGOs over a draft Press Law. Roberta Anastase said she was “stupefied” in the electoral campaign, when a Prahova-based television asked the sum of EUR 50,000 to spare PDL from attacks. She added that she had no possibility to react in the case of the Cotidianul.ro web site that accused her of having debts to the state and her family of being involved in oil businesses. In his turn, UDMR Senator Gyorgy Frunda said there are journalists that use to slander politicians, and accused a newspaper manager of trying to blackmail him with photos of him with a young woman. “I told him she was my daughter. I should have let him publish it, and then sue him in court,” Frunda added. The UDMR politician added that some journalists also accused him of being a collaborator of the former Securitate, though competent institutions had cleared him of any wrongdoing. In this case too, he refrained from suing them.

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