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June 30, 2022

Ioan Oltean (PDL) wants overseeing body for print, online media

PDL Secretary General Ioan Oltean supports a change of legislation in order to introduce a supervisory authority similar to the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) for the print and online mass-media. ‘I am convinced that the law should be changed because, if a TV station is punished because it uses abusive language, anyone who does that in the online media should be also punished. I would have the first interest in that, because many hide behind the online media to call you names, and that is unfair’, Oltean said, quoted by HotNews. The PDL leader considers that the initiative would be ‘common sense and absolutely opportune’. The president of the Romanian Press Club (CRP), Indira Crasnea, was very tough on Oltean’s call on journalists to initiate a law for the online press, calling him ‘a hypocrite’. ‘In a cyclic manner, various politicians who have all sort of personal scores to settle with the press, want laws applicable to the mass-media or regulatory authorities for the mass-media. (…) They want to set standards for journalists, but they do not meet acceptable standards for public personalities themselves’, said the CRP president, according to Mediafax. On the other hand, journalist Cristian Tudor Popescu says he does not oppose the idea of having some regulations, but the matter should be treated carefully, because the internet is a hallmark for the freedom of expression. Another journalist, Grigore Cartianu, also backs Oltean’s proposal, but not to stop injurious language or criticism – he says- but to fight the theft of information. On the other hand, blogger Petrisor Obae claims the only doable solution for having some regulations applicable to the print or online media is self-regulation.

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