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Romania libera

Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Medien Holding
Editor Dan Turturica
Founded 1943
Headquarters Str. Nerva Traian nr. 3, bl. M 101, etaj 4, sector 3
Bucharest, Romania
Official website

România Liberă (English: Free Romania) is one of the leading newspapers in Romania. Based in Bucharest, the Romanian-language daily has a paid daily circulation of 40,000.

România Liberă was founded in early 1943, during World War II, as an underground organ of the Romanian Communist Party. During the war it opposed the Nazi-allied government of Ion Antonescu, issuing calls to sabotage of the war industry and open armed resistance. After the party gained power, it became one of its official mouthpieces, second to Scînteia as a Romanian daily concentrating more on local issues than on national and international news. It was also the only Romanian newspaper allowed to publish full-page advertisement sections.

In 1990, shortly after the Romanian Revolution of 1989, but before the rise of independent television in Romania, its circulation briefly rose as high as 1.5 million.[1] However, those numbers rapidly fell off and in 2000 the paper was purchased by the German company WAZ. Echoing complaints of journalists at rival daily Evenimentul Zilei, which is owned by the Swiss press trust Ringier, România Liberă journalists complained in September 2004 that foreign owners are telling them to lessen political coverage and tone down their negative reporting of the government. Their concern has been echoed by a variety of organizations including the Open Society Foundation.[2] Management has denied the charges.

In the case of România Liberă, this protest took the form of a statement in the edition of September 13, 2004, in which the newspaper's editors protested interference by WAZ. They accused their German ownership of having no concern for the public interest, and accused Klaus Overbeck in particular of trying to dictate to them what they could print in the newspaper. At the time of purchase WAZ promised to confine themselves to the business side of the newspaper and stay out of editorial matters.[3][4]

The paper has published The New York Times International Weekly on Fridays since 2009. This 8-page supplement features a selection of English-language articles from The New York Times.

In 2010 WAZ left the Romanian market and its shares at România Liberă, leaving businessman Dan Grigore Adamescu as single share holder of Medien Holding Group.


External links

  • (Romanian) online
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