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CNA member: “Victor Ponta wants to help the media by adopting a discriminating measure”

Victor Ponta wants to help the media, yet the measure he suggested is discriminating, National Audiovisual Council (CNA) member Valentin Jucan pointed out. The declaration made by the CNA member follows a statement by the Prime Minister for a TV station that the Government seeks solutions in order to support news televisions.

“The proposition launched by the Prime Minister stipulates tax facilities exclusively for some of the media, which would certainly cause discrimination issues. This version, translated in a measure recently adopted by the Government, would sound as follows: we grant you tax cuts for bread, but only for Graham-based sorts”, Valentin Jucan wrote in an open letter dedicated to the Prime Minister. The CNA member explains that, whether changes in taxes applied to the press are really desired, based on the intention to support the press, the Prime Minister and the Fiinances Minister must organize meetings with representatives of the entire mass media and seek solutions together”, Valentin Jucan pointed out.

Victor Ponta announced that the Government is seeking a way to support TV and radio stations producing news by cutting taxes.

The Head of the Government mentioned that he still has no solution for written media yet, but he suggested that the latter had lower costs than radio and TV stations, because it has moved online.

“I do not have a solution for the written media just yet, especially that most of the written media has moved online and costs are different. Here, I do not divide them into Basescu’s supporters and my supporters, but I use only one criterion: who is broadcasting a consistent share of news, regardless of whether those news are positive or negative, that is the job of CNA, because we do not need to finance an entertainment station”, Ponta showed on Sunday in an interview broadcasted by B1TV.

 

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