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MAE requests German DPA, ZDF to rectify information published on Centennial: serious errors, tendentious approach. German Embassy in Bucharest asks DPA, ZDF to correct parts in story on Romania’s Greater Union Centennial

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) considers that the press article published by the German Press Agency (DPA) and taken over by the German public television station ZDF on the anniversary of the Greater Union Centennial does not reflect the historical truth, contains serious errors and a tendentious approach, specifying that it took action, through the Embassy of Romania in Berlin, with the two editorial offices so that they provide the necessary clarifications and requesting the rectification of the material that was presented.

In a press release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday, the MAE press release shows that the elements presented in the press article indicate a lack of knowledge with regard to history and points out that the representatives of all parties, religious beliefs and social states attended the National Assembly in Alba Iulia, and the adopted resolution was firstly signed by the representatives of the German minority in Transylvania and Bucovina.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note with consternation of the press article published by the German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse Agentur) and taken over by the German television broadcaster ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) on the anniversary of the Greater Union Centennial, which does not reflect the historical truth, namely the manifestation of the will of Transylvania to unite with Romania. In addition to the tendentious approach that emerges from the title of the article, the elements presented indicate a lack of knowledge of history and a deliberate disregard for the historical realities. On December 1, 1918, 100,000 people decided the Union with Romania, with the participation of all parties, all religious beliefs, the Document adopted in Alba Iulia, namely the Resolution of the National Assembly in Alba Iulia, was firstly signed by the representatives of the German minority in Transylvania and Bucovina,” MAE specifies in the press release.

The Foreign Ministry shows that the serious mistakes contained in the mentioned press piece of news violate the historical truth and underlines that, through the Romanian Embassy in Berlin, demarches are being carried out with the two editorial offices so that they provide clarifications and rectify what was originally presented.

“The serious mistakes contained by the abovementioned piece of news, out of ignorance or bad intent, violate the historical truth and the provisions of the Peace Treaties of Versailles (1919) and Trianon (1920), and any attempt to truncate or denigrate the significance of this moment is an act that contravenes to the fundamental principles of the mass media mission to correctly and objectively inform the public. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Romania in Berlin, has taken steps with the German Press Agency (DPA – Deutsche Presse Agentur) newsroom and that of the German television broadcaster ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) with a view to providing the necessary clarifications and requesting the rectification of the information presented,” the MAE press release further mentions.

 

German Embassy in Bucharest asks DPA, ZDF to correct parts in story on Romania’s Greater Union Centennial

 

The German Embassy in Bucharest says in a Facebook post that it has asked the DPA News Agency and the ZDF TV channel to correct parts in their story on Romania’s Greater Union Centennial, underlining that the public accounts contradicting the fact that the modern Romanian state came into being through the unification of several regions, including Transylvania, do not match the point of view of the German federal government.

“The modern Romanian state was born 100 years ago thorough the unification of several regions, including Transylvania. We celebrated together the anniversary of this modern Romanian state on December 1. The Transylvanian Saxons also stated themselves, on their own motion, in favour of the new state at the Saxon Assembly of January 1919, in Medias. Public accounts that contradict this understanding or that may lead to erroneous interpretations do not match the point of view of the federal government. Consequently, we have requested the DPA German News Agency and the ZDF public television broadcaster a correction of those parts in their ‘Rumänien feiert 100 Jahre Anschluss Siebenbürgens’ published on December 1, 2018,” reads the clarifications posted in Romanian on the Facebook page of the German Embassy in Bucharest.

Romania’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it made a request through the Romanian Embassy in Berlin to the two editorial offices to provide the necessary clarifications and to request the correction as presenting, adding that the news story carried by the DPA News Agency and broadcast by the ZDF German public television station on the anniversary of Romania’s Greater Union Centennial does not reflect historical truth, and it contains serious errors and a biased approach.

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