Independent media are one of the most valuable assets of democracy, says German Ambassador Werner Hans Lauk, who sees 2016 as a very important year for Romania, with two elections (local and parliamentary) scheduled.
“Only where citizens benefit from correct information selected responsibly there is a base to find about and evaluate the work of authorities, public institutions, parties, politicians, members of the Parliament, of economic operators, of other states and of actors of the domestic, foreign, economic and social policy in a broader sense,” the ambassador told a press conference on ‘Trends in political journalism in Romania’. The event, hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Centre for Independent Journalism, presented a media monitoring research carried out in 2015.
“Information itself and the ability to issue opinions concerning information are ultimately the necessary conditions for every citizen in a democracy, enabling them to make self-determined political decisions,” Lauk explained.
He pointed out that free and independent media have a major importance at all times, not just in election years.