In an open letter to the Romanian General Prosecutor the MFRR partners have condemned the negligent and error-strewn investigation into the crimes committed against journalist Emilia Șercan.
We spoke to Romanian investigative journalist Emilia Șercan about the smear campaigns she has faced, conducting investigations amid declining press freedom in Romania, and being a role model for young women journalists.
The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) renew a call on the Romanian authorities to prioritise their investigation into the alleged leak of Emilia Șercan’s stolen pictures from within the police force.
Ten European and international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations, members of the MFRR and their partners, have reacted to the harassment of Emilia Șercan, expressing serious concerns about the case and its implications for media freedom in Romania. Today, the ten organisations sent an open letter to the Romanian authorities calling for swift and independent investigations. The letter recalls that the threats and harassment of Șercan are set against a background of recent aggression and undue pressure against journalists and media workers in Romania coming from politicians, prosecutors, police, and military officers.
Journalists and media freedom groups today expressed dismay at the decision of Romania’s Prosecutor Office at the Bucharest Court of Appeal to close the investigation into the smear campaign against journalist Emilia Șercan.