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June 21, 2021

Court: Antena 3 TV station to pay moral damages to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Kovesi

The Bucharest Tribunal (TB) decided on Friday that broadcaster Antena 3, journalists Mihai Gadea, Razvan Savaliuc, Bianca Nae and analyst Mugur Ciuvica must jointly pay 250,000 lei in compensation of moral damages to Laura Codruta Kovesi, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), for several allegations made against her in the ‘Daily Summary’ programme aired on June 19, 2014. The decision is subject to appeals.

The court has partially upheld Kovesi’s main proceedings, dismissed her other claims and the defendants’ counterclaim.

Kovesi sued Antena 3, its three journalists and their guest analyst in June 2014, asking one million lei in prejudices, plus her legal costs. The four had accused her of hushing up an investigation involving Sandu Anghel, also known as Bercea Mondial, and Mircea Basescu, the brother of then-president of Romania Traian Basescu. The DNA head claimed that the defendants presented several facts and made false statements that caused serious damages to her image and brought severe offense to human dignity.

According to Kovesi, the programme broadcast by Antena 3 and the affirmations of its employees and their guests have violated: ” from a social stance – the need to correctly and objectively inform the public opinion; from a legal perspective – the norms on the right to intimate, family and private life, on the right to one’s own image, [and] on the free access of individuals to information of public interest.”

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