12 August 2002


Opposition journalist target of intimidation campaign

Incident details

Silvia Vranceanu


This is available in:

English Français

(RSF/IFEX) - On 9 August 2002, RSF protested the intimidation campaign targeting journalist Silvia Vranceanu, of the opposition daily newspaper "Evenimentul Zilei".

"It is intolerable that an opposition journalist is personally targeted because of what her newspaper publishes, especially when her private life is affected," RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard said in a letter to Prime Minister Adrian Nastase. "We ask you to rein in the political figures in the Social Democratic Party who have been responsible for this intimidation," Ménard added.

Vranceanu, aged 26, is her newspaper's correspondent in Focsani (200 km east of the capital). She has been the target of intimidation since the newspaper ran articles raising questions about the ruling Social-Democratic Party's regional leaders, including the head of the county government, Marius Oprisan. In early August, the private television station OTV broadcast a 50-minute video recording showing the journalist dancing naked at a private party eight years ago. Oprisan had earlier warned her of the broadcast. The journalist says she has also received anonymous threats.


Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
rsf (@) rsf.org
Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
More from Romania
  • FreeEx Report - Annual press freedom in Romania 2015-2016

    The purpose of this report is to offer an outline of the main events and trends regarding freedom of speech and, in particular, media freedom.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Romania

  • The Charlie Hebdo Effect in the Balkans

    This report scrutinizes legislation covering freedom of expression and religious freedom in the Balkans, and whether satire and blasphemy are in any way regulated in these countries.