Reporteri fără Frontiere și Freedom House au condamnat atacul împotriva jurnalistului Ino Ardelean

9 Nov 2003
Timisoara

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“Agresarea brutala, saptamina trecuta, a unui jurnalist din Romania, parte dintr-o actiune continua de intimidare a presei, este ultima
dovada a deteriorarii libertatii presei in aceasta tara”, afirma, intr-un comunicat dat publicitatii, ieri, prestigioasa organizatie
americana Freedom House.

“Daca acest proces continua, in perspectiva alegerilor din 2004, el va duce la o reflectare partinitoare a campaniei electorale si la existenta unui electorat dezinformat. Perspectiva unui proces electoral deschis si transparent este amenintata, isi exprima ingrijorarea Freedom House. “Ino Ardelean este al paisprezecelea
jurnalist atacat fizic in acest an in Romania, ceea ce reprezinta o tendinta crescatoare a presiunilor exercitate asupra jurnalistilor
romani. Aparentele constringeri motivate politic indreptate impotriva ziaristilor, a organizatiilor de media, precum si incercarea de a
retrage publicitatea de la organizatiile de presa care au opinii critice vor submina viitorul libertatii presei in Romania, se mai spune in
comunicat.

“Freedom House face apel la autoritati pentru o investigare promta si completa a atacului impotriva jurnalistului Ino Ardelean.
Totodata, indeamna partidele politice si patronii de presa sa elimine constringerile economice si legislative, pentru cresterea libertatii de
exprimare”, a spus Jenifer Windsor, director executiv al Freedom House.
 

In opinia organizatiei americane, libertatea de expresie in Romania sufera din cauza lipsei unor prevederi clare in Codul Penal, in ceea ce
priveste pamfletul, calomnia si insulta. Excesul de condamnari impotriva organizatiilor de media impiedica, de asemenea, libertatea presei. O
alta hiba evidentiata de Freedom House este lipsa unei independente editoriale, la multe companii de media private, favorizindu-se
interesele personale, politice si de afaceri ale patronilor in defavoarea calitatii jurnalistice.

Freedom House mentine un birou in Bucuresti si in ultimii zece ani a fost in mod constant preocupata sa sprijine media independenta. Presa din Romania a fost clasificata ca
partial libera in Raportul global din 2003 asupra libertatii presei, publicat anual de catre Freedom House.

Malina Marinescu
Program assistant
Freedom House
18 Mircea Eliade
Phone: 230 29 79
0722 205 259, 0740 089 253
fax:231 52 32

 

 

PRESS FREEDOM

5 December 2003


International Secretariat
Europe Desk
 


ROMANIA

Journalist who covers corruption is beaten unconscious

Reporters Without Borders today condemned a brutal attack on 3 December on Ino Ardelean, who covers local politics and corruption cases for the daily Evenimentul Zilei in the western city of Timisoara. Ardelean was attacked by thugs as he was going home in the evening and was beaten until he lost consciousness. He is now hospitalised with head injuries and two fractures to his jaw.

"The growing number of physical attacks on journalists who investigate corruption within the political class in power, especially in the provinces, is extremely worrying," Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to Prime Minister Adrian Nastase. "The work of investigative journalists is nonetheless essential in the fight against the corruption that is eating away at your country," the letter said.

The organisation called on the prime minister to ensure that everything is done to identify and punish those responsible for the attacks on journalists. "Otherwise the enemies of press freedom, who are increasingly concerned to protect their image in the run-up to the 2004 legislative and presidential elections, will think that they can, with impunity, use violence against the journalists they consider troublesome."

Ardelean has often reported on the implication of local politicians, especially members of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) in illegal trafficking of various kinds. His most recent report, published at the end of November, was about a local PSD representative and school director accused of forcing pupils to work for him for no pay.

Two other journalists have been the targets of physical attacks this year. Carmen Cosman of the daily Romania Libera and Marius Mitrache, a correspondent with Evenimentul Zilei, were punched and kicked by two unidentified individuals in the street a few yards from the police station of the west-central town of Petrosani on 25 July as they were about to begin working on a report. The two reporters have uncovered several corruption scandals in the local government in which officials of the Jiu valley mining company were implicated. The police investigation into this attack has so far yielded nothing.

www.rsf.fr

 

 

 

LIBERTE DE
LA PRESSE

5 décembre 2003


ROUMANIE

Reporters sans frontières condamne l'agression d'un journaliste

Ino Ardelean, du quotidien Evenimentul Zilei à Timisoara (Ouest), spécialisé dans les enquêtes sur la politique locale et les affaires de corruption, a été violemment battu par des inconnus, le 3 décembre dans la soirée, alors qu'il rentrait chez lui. Ses agresseurs ont frappé le journaliste jusqu'à ce qu'il perde connaissance. Hospitalisé, il souffre de blessures à la tête, dont une double fracture de la mâchoire.

"La multiplication des agressions contre les journalistes qui enquêtent sur la corruption au sein de la classe politique au pouvoir, en particulier en province, est extrêmement préoccupante. Le travail des journalistes d'investigation est pourtant fondamental dans le combat contre la corruption qui gangrène votre pays", a écrit Reporters sans frontières, dans un courrier adressé au Premier Ministre, Adrian Nastase. "Nous vous demandons de veiller à ce que tout soit fait pour identifier et punir les responsables de ces actes. Dans le cas contraire, les ennemis de la liberté de la presse, de plus en plus soucieux de préserver leur image à l'approche des élections législatives et présidentielle de 2004, penseront qu'ils peuvent impunément utiliser la violence contre les journalistes qu'ils jugent trop gênants", a ajouté l'organisation.


Dans ses articles, Ino Ardelean dénonce régulièrement l'implication d'hommes politiques locaux, en particulier du parti au pouvoir, le Parti social-démocrate (PSD), dans divers trafics illégaux. Par exemple, son dernier article, publié fin novembre, portait sur un représentant local du PSD, également directeur d'une école, accusé d'obliger ses élèves à travailler pour son propre compte sans les rémunérer.

Reporters sans frontières rappelle que deux autres journalistes ont été agressés en 2003. Le 25 juillet, Carmen Cosman, du quotidien Romania Libera, et Marius Mitrache, correspondant pour Evenimentul Zilei, ont été frappés à coups de poing et de pied par deux inconnus, en pleine rue, à quelques mètres du commissariat de police de Petrosani (centre-ouest) alors qu'ils s'apprêtaient à partir en reportage. Les journalistes avaient dévoilé plusieurs affaires de corruption au sein du gouvernement local impliquant des responsables de la compagnie minière de la vallée de Jiu. L'enquête de police n'a encore donné aucun résultat.

www.rsf.fr

 

 

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