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September 18, 2021

Udrea loses court case against Jurnalul National daily

The Bucharest Court has rejected the request filed by PDL Bucharest President Elena Udrea. Udrea had sued ‘Jurnalul National’ daily for an article about the launch of Romania’s tourism brand in Shanghai in 2010, back when she was the Tourism Minister. Elena Udrea asked for RON 100,000 in moral damages, claiming that her reputation, prestige and credibility were affected. According to ‘Jurnalul National,’ the Bucharest Court has decided that Elena Udrea’s complaint is unfounded, pointing out that the press enjoys freedom of expression, can criticize and should not be transformed into the spokesperson of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism. The President of PDL Bucharest argued that the article titled “Udrea, show worth EUR 190,000” and published on September 21, 2010, “represents a personal attack because baseless tendentious statements are simply not enough, in reality the journalist clearly settling the issue by coming up with sci-fi scenarios meant to induce to readers the suspicion of corruption, irresponsibility and abuse in using/spending public funds.”

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