Political advisor Cozmin Gusa claims Romanian mass media is dead. This is due to the fact that those willing to buy advertising space in the media ask that they should not be criticized by the respective media trust. The press is thus subordinated to political and/or economic interests and is therefore not authentic anymore; alternatively it can choose to be free and perish slowly due to lack of financing.
“A young lady was talking about mass-media and the hypocrisy of the media. Mass-media is dead because national capital didn’t want to finance it anymore, it didn’t want to invest in publicity, it wanted praise. The Romanian businessman says: ‘I’ll only give you money, dear radio, dear newspaper, dear local television, if you don’t criticize me. If you do, I’ll stop giving you money, because I’ve already bought attorneys, judges, police, politicians, and won’t let myself be attacked.’ And so, media, you can rest in peace. (…)