A Romanian scandal that threatens press freedom that the UK could stop in its tracks

Did these countries in Eastern Europe ever really embrace Democracy and the rule of Law? I have my doubts, but even some Western European countries seem to be sliding down a slippery slope under the guise we needed to be protected, but from whom is the question to ponder?

David Hencke

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Romania is not particularly high profile. It is  best known for Bram Stoker’s Dracula stories and the infamous  rule of Communist President Nicolae Ceaușescu overthrown and killed in a revolution in 1989.

Now it is seen as a NATO ally, a democracy with free elections and in European Union circles as being tough on corruption.

But beneath the surface there is growing evidence that Romania is about to go the same way as Hungary and Turkey with a crackdown on the freedom of the press, arbitrary arrests and flouting the rule of law.

The issue is becoming deeply personal – and this blog has decided to take up the issue – over the plight of a German businessman who with his father owns Romania’s oldest newspaper, Romania Libra. The paper  has been a thorn in the…

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