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What the newspapers say: October 17, 2007

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Miercuri, 17 octombrie 2007, 0:00


The main news in all newspapers on Wednesday refers to the Agriculture Minister Remes case. The Romanian Press Club identified some "errors", but decided that the public television was entitled to broadcast the images of Decebal Traian Remes receiving an alleged bribe.
The rest of the media landscape is populated with political news, including incomprehensible paradoxes: Justice Minister Chiuariu launches a new anti-graft campaign while he is himself accused of corruption and president Basescu, the main supporter of the anti-graft campaigns, is "bleached" by a new report in an embezzlement file.

Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu launched a new anti-corruption campaign, focusing on the "petty bribe" citizens usually pay to public servants. The campaign will involve two NGOs, collaborating with the Justice Ministry. The price of the new campaign is some 1.6 million euros.

Chiuariu made no comments about the high-level corruption, simply mentioning that "the TV investigations won't lead to any convictions". Asked about how credible the campaign can be in the middle of the Remes scandal, Chiuariu refused to answer, Evenimentul Zilei reads.

After president Basescu threatened to call a referendum on the uninominal vote, in case the Parliament doesn't adopt the existing law draft, the Electoral Code Commission managed to approve the draft in just a few minutes on Tuesday.
Still, most Senators believe that the deadline suggested by Basescu is a joke and that the law won't be adopted before the end of November, Gandul reads.

Speaking of Basescu: a new experts' report exonerates all 80 suspects, including president Traian Basescu, of any guilt in the unexplained bankruptcy of Romania's fleet of sea fishing ships.
Accused of selling for almost nothing over 16 ships, causing a prejudice over 275 million euros, the suspects now "see the file turning blank", after the experts explained how the ships were lost because of debts, Jurnalul National informs.

A lot harder to explain, the head of Social Democrats (PSD) seems to have grown over night in popularity, almost matching president Basescu. His party also grew 10% in popularity, although days ago the PSD failed to vote for its own motion to bring down the Government.
One explanation may be the fact that the boss above the Pro Institute (which commanded the poll), Adrian Sarbu, has PSD head Mircea Geoana as Godfather, Cotidianul reads.
























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