European Commission condemns the violence in Bucharest, calls for protection of journalists

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The European Commission has condemned the violence of the gendarmes against journalists, stressing the importance that the media companies’ employees can carry on their activity, Austrian public television ORF informs, quoted by hotnews.ro.

The EC previously condemned the violence against the ORF journalists during the rally Friday night.

“It is important that the media representatives can carry on their activity,” a European Commission spokesman has told ORF on Monday.

During the violent actions during the Diaspora rally in Bucharest on Friday night, a TV crew broadcasting from Bucharest has been attacked by gendarmes, according to the website of the Austria state television.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz promptly reacted, asking the Romanian authorities for explanations.

“We firmly condemn the violent clashes in Bucharest which left many demonstrators and journalists injured. We expect full clarification of these deeds. I wish speedy recovery to the ORF cameraman who has been injured. The freedom of speech and the freedom of the press are fundamental freedoms of the European Union that we believe in and which must be unconditionally defended,” Kurz posted on Facebook.

 

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