We consider such attitude to a periodical unacceptable and leading to all kinds of interpretations, especially since, according to the publication, refusal to print the magazine is determined by the exclusion of materials criticizing the government, namely, a fragment of the article by Vitalie Călugăreanu for Deutsche Welle and a caricature by Alexandru Eftode for Radio Free Europe. We note that such actions may be qualified as censorship and deliberate obstruction of media activities, acts that fall under Article 1801 and Article 1802 of the Criminal Code.
We demand the administration of the Universul Publishing Company to provide public explanations regarding this case and to ensure open cooperation with the editorial boards of all periodical publications, without imposing unlawful restrictions, but finding solutions that would not jeopardize their activity.
Independent Journalism Center
Association of Independent Press
Journalistic Investigations Center
Press Freedom Committee
Electronic Press Association
Association of Independent TV Journalists