by Edward Steen, S-G, Vienna, October 8, 2023
Everyone who uses a computer knows the annoying, insistent flow of get-rich-quick advertising online. In Romania, the shadowy and powerful Swiss-based Ringier company, active across much of Europe, has emerged into the limelight and provoked media-wide protests. Our AEJ section in Bucharest is standing firm behind media being outrageously bullied by Ringier. AZIR‘s Secretary General Catalin-Teodor Dogaru writes:
The managerial team of Ringier asked the editor-in-chief and all the other journalists to submit to their approval any article related to the gambling industry (and more).
The journalists from these two newspapers protested and opposed this interference, requesting full editorial freedom.
Consequently, the CEO of Ringier immediately terminated the contract of Cătălin Țepelin, editor-in-chief of Gazeta Sporturilor, triggering the protest not only of the journalists from GSP and Libertatea, but, also, from the whole Romanian mass-media.
AZIR expresses its solidarity with the journalists of GSP and Libertatea editorial offices, who have publicly complained about editorial pressures from the Ringier group management.
- 08/03/2023 It goes without saying that the AEJ International firmly supports our colleagues’ stand and is keen to know more about similar pressures from online gambling companies. Please contact us. ES
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