“The provisions of the draft National Security Laws are disastrous for democracy and the way this state works.”

“The press is not feeling well these days. It is very serious what President Iohannis said. The journalist’s relationship with the source is a privileged one. The source must be confident that the journalist will provide the protection he needs. (…) Attempts are being made to cut off the mechanisms that provide protection to whistleblowers and to limit the protection that such persons may have. State institutions and parliament are trying to limit transparency. (…) Which person from the secret services was an integrity warning for any journalist in Romania? (…) How come in Romania journalists fail to reach people working in the intelligence services to convince them to say things that will help to correct some slippage, to better inform the public, to sanction certain behaviors incorrect? In Romania, we do not have this and I find that worrying. There is a fear of people talking to the press, including in public institutions. We also see how few integrity warnings we have in this country and what consequences these people have been subjected to “, said Emilia Şercan, in the OFF / OnTheRecord show, on Aleph News, commenting on the exit and the accusations addressed to the press and journalists. by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis.

Emilia Şercan also analyzed the SIE and SRI issues on the controversial drafts of the National Security Laws, after they were published and exposed by the press:

“Mr Hellvig’s reaction comes after the SIE reaction. We also don’t know if the SIE has a spokesperson and if the SIE has a spokesperson, who the person is. The SIE says that the Security Laws were made in collaboration with the Presidential Administration and the SGG and with experts from other structures, probably the SRI. I put Mr. Hellvig’s way out of this key. They somehow came out to do damage control. (…) The role and purpose of a civilian director of an intelligence service is to ensure civilian control over that service, so that that service does not become an oppressive instrument, an institution such as the Security before 1989. (…) The last interview of Mr. Hellvig was in 2016. (…) SRI has informal only with the journalists they like. (…) When you have this attitude of superiority, when you are in those ultra-hyper-mega rarefied spheres of society and you are the last people, we treat you with the utmost contempt, so how can we see this exit of Mr. Hellvig? (…) Mr. Ciucă also said it, the laws were not written in the Parliament. It is clear who wrote: they wrote laws for themselves. (…) I criticize this here: the civil director of SRI is the first to seal the service and does not allow a normal institutional relationship to exist. (…) The SRI spokesman blocked me on my mobile phone. Why is this reaction? Because we write? Let them come with their tens of thousands of employees to come and show who made me write about Ciuca, Oprea, Coldea, etc. But let them come and show that they have this ability … Or they don’t information, or the information does not validate the theses that they throw in the market. Even the SRI spokesman told me: let us know. This is security (…). I appreciate that Mr. Hellvig came and made that long list – that he introduced courses, that he cleaned the doctoral school – but as long as he doesn’t understand an open relationship with the press, that they are state and citizen employees, of course. that he can go out once every 5 years and complain – you didn’t understand anything, let us know. The draft provisions are disastrous for democracy and for the way this state works “, said Emilia Şercan, in the OFF / OnTheRecord show, on Aleph News.

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