Bucharest tops Romanias press freedom chart

Bucharest takes the top position in terms of freedom of the press, according to a Barometer of Local Democracy conducted in 24 localities in Romania by Pro Democratia Association, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Agerpres reports. The chart is based on a five-dimension methodology, freedom of the press being one of them. According to a press release, in June 2012 – October 2013, the Pro Democratia Association – Bucharest Regional Centre and Konrad Adenauer Foundation have implemented a pilot-project called the Barometer of Local Democracy 2012, in view of assessing the quality of democracy at the local level over the last year (2012) in seven counties of Romania and in Bucharest, randomly selected from each development region of the country. The five dimensions at the basis of this methodology are: political participation, civil society, civic culture, freedom of the press, administrative efficiency and usable bureaucracy. The document highlights that the new type civil society is best represented in Bucharest – purely civic association structures dedicated to fundamental rights and democracy, women’s rights, environment protection, rights of persons with disabilities or of patients. Cluj- Napoca has a civic space mostly dedicated to people with disabilities and Timisoara has the highest registered number of active NGOs dedicated to the right of patients. Municipalities with a prevailing modern civil society are Braila, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca.

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