In the city centre protestors denounced corrupt politicians and their media cronies whilst at the conference hotel delegates discussed the same issue:
Dan Tapalaga of the online news portal HotNews.ro clashed angrily with Adrian Ursu of private television channel Realitatea TV. Tapalaga accused the channel of interfering in politics in 2012 when protestors marched on the government buildings following a broadcast. Ursu insisted that broadcasters should play an active part in social issues, not only report them. He left the conference early.
Marina Constantinoiu, co-ordinator of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) in Bucharest, told the conference that 90% of Romania’s former editors are in jail for corruption "and the others have got their bags already packed."
‘Corruption is not just about money. It’s life and death’
After the debate Tapalaga told ECPMF:
Media play a major role in these protests. Owners, tycoons, oligarchs - they work together with politicians and when sad things happen, they try to hide the shit under the carpet. Now people realise corruption is not just about money. It’s life and death.
HotNews.ro is independent because we take advertising. It’s online, live and interactive. If we do something wrong the audience hits back right away.