We believe that the raid of ANAF inspectors to the reputed RISE Project Investigative Journalism Platform has been an attempt to intimidate journalists.
The context in which this ANAF “unannounced inspection” took place (Thursday, July 6, exactly the day when journalists announced the publication of a new episode of the series of revelations targeting the PSD leader and the day after Liviu Dragnea made public at doubts about RISE Project’s funding sources), as well as ANAF’s unconvincing explanations, point to pressures through a state institution on uncomfortable journalists and independent media. Such practices are met in the ex-Soviet space controlled by Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan and are not compatible with the values of an EU and NATO member state.
Taking note of the separation of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea from this action, we are asking Prime Minister Mihai Tudose to clarify ANAF’s anti-RISE Project and the current government majority PSD-ALDE-UDMR to respect freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the right to information to the public.
Social Dialogue Group
Freedom House Romania
The Romanian Center for European Policies
Institute of Public Policies