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Journalists need to get accreditation to be present at CNA’s meetings




CNA decided to modify institution’s rules of organization and functioning, with the new set of rules stipulating the journalists can participate to CNA meetings only if they have accreditation.

“The journalists that would like to participate to CNA’s meetings must demand for an accreditation, which can be available for one meeting, for a determined period or permanent. General public can participate if seats are available and after they made a request for that to CNA’s bureau for relation with the public”, stipulates art 26 of the new CNA’s organization and functioning rules.

ActiveWatch and CJI believe new CNA rules are affecting even more Council’s direly diminished credibility.

ActiveWatch and Romanian Center for Independent Journalism (CJI) are disapproving the modifications CNA made in its own organizational and functioning rules. The 2 organizations say, in an open letter, that CNA’s decision „restricts without justification public’s access to info on Council’s activity”.

The two NGOs are demanding CNA members to revise their decision and to bring their rules in line with the legal obligations and with respect the status as guardian of public interest that CNA has by law.

The organizations are also criticizing CNA’s decision to aggravate journalists’ and public’s access to the public meetings by introducing accreditations and announcement, considering that is a step back compared to CNA’s actual status

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Autor: Carmen Maria Andronache

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