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MEP Weber report demands EU states to forbid by law the presence of undercover secret agents in the media

A report drafted by PNL MEP Renate Weber on the freedom of mass-media, adopted by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, includes an article that requests EU state to pass legislation that will prohibit the presence of undercover secret agents in the media.The article was adopted Thursday by the EP’s committee for civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) under the form of an amendment supported by PSD MEP Ion Enciu, following the proposal of ActiveWatch Romania.The article demands member states to adopt legislation that will prevent the infiltration of intelligence operatives in news media, because these practices allow the surveillance of news institutions, generate a climate of mistrust, prevent the gathering of information, threaten the confidentiality of sources and, eventually, try to misinform and mislead the public and to discredit the credibility of the media, Renate Weber informs in a communiqué.Weber mentions that the amendment was approved by the members of the LIBE Committee despite the opposition of the EPP group, whose shadow rapporteur for this file is the leader of the PDL group in the EP, Marian-Jean Marinescu, who gave the indication to vote against it.Marinescu explained that he “absolutely agrees” that one must not support the penetration of the media by undercover secret agents, but he finds “completely stupid” the demand addressed to EU member states to issue laws against it.The final vote in the EP over the Weber report is scheduled for the plenary session of April.Basescu appoints ambassadors to Canada and ItalyPresident Traian Basescu on Thursday signed the decree on the accreditation of Maria Ligor as Romania’s Ambassadress to Canada and of Dana Constantinescu, to Italy, Malta and San Marino respectively. Maria Ligor is a career diplomat who also was Romania’s ambassadress to Spain during 2006-2011.Maria Ligor got the unanimous go-ahead from the foreign policy Commissions of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate on October 23, 2012. Despite a negative recommendation from the two commissions in June 2012, Dana Constantinescu was nonetheless appointed by President Basescu as Romania’s Ambassadress to Italy.Ambassadorial appointments are the president’s duty, while the parliamentary commission recommendations are consultative only, Mediafax quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

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