Saving The Messenger

Orphans are out, journalists are in. After years of lambasting Romania for mistreating its institutionalized children, the European Commission has a new cause: media freedom. The annual Commission report on Romania's progress toward accession, due out Oct. 6, will come down hard on the country for harassment and intimidation of journalists and interference in editorial content, says a Bucharest-based diplomat familiar with the draft. The report will note that few perpetrators of violence against journalists are being brought to justice, and that growing concentration of media ownership in the hands of political and business élites leads to self-censorship. The report apparently...

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