The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) broadened the criminal investigation on Laura Georgescu, chair of the National Audiovisual Council (CNA), Romania’s broadcast media watchdog). Georgescu is accused of 17 counts of continued office abuse and 17 accounts of documents forgery. The prosecutors allege that Georgescu incited to the submission of notifications of CAN on fictitious data in 2013 and 2014, in her capacity of CNA chair, to record works later analysed by the Council’s plenum and resulting in sanctions for seven TV stations.
Prosecutors found that based on such a form, upon Georgescu’s incitement, CNA employees filled in the notifications with fabricated information, indirectly contributed by registering another date, or allowed the use of their computer for drafting the notifications.
DNA found instances of notifications drafted and recorded before the actual broadcasts accused of violation of the audiovisual law.
According to the anticorruption prosecutors, one TV station lost advertising income of more than 600,000 lei following repeated sanctions and denial of the extension of its license, in the aforementioned circumstances.
Other CNA employees are also investigated for these forgeries