Silencing the Media

An interesting article on Transition Online about the Rigier’s Evenimentul Zilei and WAZ’s Romania Libera cases written by Tom Gallagher.

Many of the brave journalists who champion press freedom on meager salaries and in the face of regular intimidation may even be forced to leave the country. It will be hard for foreign owners to evade responsibility should that happen. And even the country’s EU accession could be delayed: When the EU issued a report on Romania’s fitness to join the club, the report listed press freedom as a special concern. And the EU envoy to Romania, Jonathan Scheele, has said Romania’s record on that issue would be an important factor in deciding whether the country would be allowed to join in 2007, as planned.

Just what was the point of all those programs to foster media freedom sponsored by the EU, the Council of Europe, and leading Western governments?

Big fight…

The fact that Primedia’s is on sale is already old by now. Same that the final bids are due on Tuesday. The latest news on the case are mentioning no more no less than 5 (yeah five) huge bidders are in the game, as follows: Google (huh, no wonder:), Yahoo! (well if Google’s there, they should be too), AOL, Ask Jeeves (as Bloglines wasn’t enough) and last, but not least The New York Times itself. Big fight to follow if all of them are really in the game. The same rumors are saying that the asking price is $350 million to $500 million.

Press freedom in US

A survey published in USA Today gets to a rather weird conclusion (at least i would say so): one in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted.

The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get “government approval” of stories before publishing; 51% say they should be able to publish freely; 13% have no opinion.

Asked whether the press enjoys “too much freedom,” not enough or about the right amount, 32% say “too much,” and 37% say it has the right amount. Ten percent say it has too little.

I just hope this is not the deep belief of the new generation and is just a lack of education which will be soon corrected.

Via e-bi

The newest On Line, OnNet, On Air Live radio station, the ex ‘Radio Romania Tineret’ for those who remember it, Radio3Net just launched its exclusive on-line broadcast. Impressive achievement, good music, nice features on the site.Well done guys!