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Ambassador Ion Jinga, disappointed with manner Romanians are presented in UK broadcast documentary

Romania’s Embassy in London reacted to the broadcast by a TV station in the UK of a documentary about the Romanians living in this country, Ambassador Ion Jinga saying, in a letter addressed to producer Katie Buchanan, that the presentation spot of the documentary ‘seems to reflect a biased and distorted perception.’


According to a press release remitted to Agerpres on Wednesday evening by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), it concerns the three-episode documentary “Romanians are coming” broadcast on Channel 4.

Jinga voiced his “surprise and disappointment” concerning the content of the promo message, but also “the hope that the situation will be corrected, that the documentary will have an objective content and will not present a distorted image of the ensemble of the Romanian community in the UK.”

He requested the producer to take into consideration replacing the photographs in the trailer of the documentary and adjusting the presentation text so that it should be in agreement with the “objective reality.”

MAE points out that, in the reply sent to the Romanian diplomat, Katie Buchanan said that the first episode of the documentary shows “very clearly” in the comment that most Romanians coming to the UK are professionals with guaranteed jobs.

“Referring to the first episode of the series, Romania’s Embassy in London is not capable to comment the opinions and life experiences presented, taking into account that both the narrator and the characters in the documentary are Romanian citizens telling their life stories, often sad and moving,” MAE maintains.

However, the source adds, Romania’s Embassy in London says that this first episode “isn’t representative for the Romanian community in the UK, taking into account it depicts only a reduced social segment.”

“In their wide majority, the Romanian citizens are well integrated in the British society and stand out at their jobs through professionalism, being appreciated by the British employers. In the context of broadcasting this series, we voice our hope that the next episodes will present in a balanced and representative manner the real image of the entire Romanian community in the UK,” MAE says.


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