Press Freedom
The State of Romanian Mass-Media 2020

Cover The State of Romanian Mass Media 2020
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Synopsis

Over the last 10 years of continued decline, the noise level grew, flooding the Romanian communities of worthless information and leaving everyone less informed. The Romanian media faces at the moment two fundamental problems: the lack of funding and the loss of credibility. The situation is getting worse year by year.

This conclusion was driven from a report that examined the problems facing the Romanian mass-media, derived from interviews with over 80 journalists, managers and professionals in academia, conducted in 22 cities over the period between September 2019 – February 2020.

The report identified several main problems: lack of funding and of a sustainable business model; a lack of expertise and of journalistic standards from understaffed newsrooms; a diminishing trust in the media caused by its capture by interest groups with no connection to public interest journalism.

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