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09.09.2016

Romania: Law on obligation to play the National Anthem was rejected

by Eugen Cojocariu
The Senate (upper Chamber of the Romanian Parliament) definitively rejected on 13 June 2016 the draft Law intended to obligate all the audiovisual media services providers under Romanian jurisdiction to broadcast daily at 7,00 a.m. the National Anthem, the complete version. The Chamber of Deputies (lower chamber) had rejected the project on 2 March 2016.

According to the initiators, two non afiliated Members of Parliament, the draft law was intended to reinforce the national feeling, the respect for the national insignia in a moment when, according to their opinion, these symbols are forgotten, neglected or even removed from the public consciousness. The initiators consider it to be normal that all the audiovisual media services providers broadcast the National Anthem.

The Romanian Government issued a negative opinion on the draft law, arguing that art. 6 para. 2 and 3 of the Audiovisual Law guarantee to all the audiovisual broadcasters under Romanian jurisdiction editorial independence. On the other hand, the public audiovisual services are already obliged through the Law no. 75/1994 to broadcast the National Anthem at the beginning and at the end of their programmes. The Culture, Arts and Mass-Media Committee of the Chamber of Deputies also issued a negative opinion, arguing that, according to the same art. 6 of the Audiovisual Law, the interference of any kind in the content, form or arrangements of elements of audiovisual media services from public authorities or any natural or legal person, Romanian or foreign, is prohibited.

But, the standing Legal Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Legislative Council had isued positive advisory opinions. The Legislative Council had suggested that the different draft laws issued in 2015 with the same purpose as the current draft law, should be integrated into a single, unitary, legal proposal.

Eugen Cojocariu, Radio Romania International

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Draft Law on modification of the Art. 3 of the Audiovisual Law no. 504/2002, with further modifications and completions – proponent’s form (Propunere legislativă pentru modificarea articolului 3 din Legea nr.504/2002, Legea audiovizualului, cu modificările şi completările ulterioare - forma iniţiatorului) is available in Romanian language here.

Draft Law on modification of the Art. 3 of the Audiovisual Law no. 504/2002, with further modifications and completions – explanatory memorandum (Propunere legislativă pentru modificarea articolului 3 din Legea nr.504/2002, Legea audiovizualului, cu modificările şi completările ulterioare - expunerea de motive) is available in Romanian language here.

Draft Law on modification of the Art. 3 of the Audiovisual Law no. 504/2002, with further modifications and completions – opinion of the Romanian Government (Propunere legislativă pentru modificarea articolului 3 din Legea nr.504/2002, Legea audiovizualului, cu modificările şi completările ulterioare – punctul de vedere al Guvernului României) is available in Romanian language here.

Draft Law on modification of the Art. 3 of the Audiovisual Law no. 504/2002, with further modifications and completions – opinion of the Culture, Arts and Mass-Media Committee (Propunere legislativă pentru modificarea articolului 3 din Legea nr.504/2002, Legea audiovizualului, cu modificările şi completările ulterioare – avizul Comisiei pentru cultură, arte și mijloace de informare în masă) is available in Romanian language here.



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