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Failing exams on communication
Today's Romanian officials prove to serious deficiencies as far as the communication with both press and public opinion is concerned. It has become obvious once with the crisis of Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq. The lack of information about this crisis has led to fanciful scenarios, just as it has confused public opinion. President Traian Basescu has criticized such scenarios, accusing journalists of setting obstacles to rescue operations. But it is the Council of Europe that has contradicted Basescu's view. The Council of Europe issued statement for the International Day of Press Freedom and claimed that "censorship out of security reasons only serves terrorists' cause". On the other hand, Cristian Parvulescu, Head of Pro Democracy Association, stated in an interview to Delta RFI radio post that authorities could have annihilated rumor on the alleged release of Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq, just as they could have provided fair information fast, which did not happen. But Parvulescu admitted the press should have been more sensible under such crisis circumstances. Presidency really failed communication with the press when providing the latter with messages preferentially and dividing journalists into two categories: those working for radio posts and television channels on the one hand and the rest of them on the other. And there was one single reason for it: kidnappers would get the messages from the crisis group through television stations. Coherent and fast communication is the solution to end rumor, as we all know that lack of communications leads to crises.
As for the Executive, we all remember that one reason why former PSD (the Social-Democrat Party) rulers lost so much as far as their image was concerned consisted in their arrogance and sometimes open disdain of the press and public opinion. Adrian Nastase's ex government was constantly accused of disobeying the principle of transparency in decision-making. They used to set difficult obstacles of the accredited journalists' way to information. Almost all country reports published by European institutions confirmed that former rulers controlled mass media. At that time in the opposition, present rulers have ceaselessly criticized the defying attitude of PSD and promised complete change if they get o rule. While a member of the opposition, Calin Popescu Tariceanu would criticize Iliescu for being cheeky to journalists and hence to his own electors by telling them " It's none of your business." In its wish to make a change, the PNL (the National Liberal Party) - PD (the Democrat Party) Alliance included "communication and transparency" as key principles in their program for ruling. And they came to power. Although hardly have six months passed since they did this, prime minister Tariceanu proves he has got the same kind of feelings for the press and for people in general when he gets into contact with them. Even while in the opposition, Tariceanu would find it difficult to be at seemingly peaceful terms with the press. He kicked journalists out of the PNL offices, claiming he had not come to journalists' doors "to eavesdrop". Once he sat on the PM seat, he felt the need to make journalists behave and announced them on authoritarian voice during news conference that he could only answer a certain number of questions. During his visit to Timis, a district severely damaged by flood, Tariceanu failed in simulating calmness in very delicate circumstances and yelled at some naïve woman asking him how long she would she have to live in a tent. Spokeswoman Oana Marinescu, the person supposed to be the link between the Executive and the media, has got a similar attitude. She doesn't hesitate in suggesting to journalists watching Tariceanu and his trips what questions they must or mustn't ask. On the other hand, the Executive spokeswoman did not get away without the boss's scolding. Last week, during the news conference following Executive meeting, the PM rebuked Oana Marinescu in front of TV cameras for having messed up some papers On the other hand, the Executive knows it for sure that communication between officials and the ones they represent, common citizens, is done by means of press. And the Executive is also sure to know that bad communication with the press means bad communication with the electorate. And poor communication with the both press and electorate means a destiny similar to the one of PSD is swiftly approaching.
Carmen EPURAN 
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