Dozens of journalists staged an unusual demonstration in Bucharest on Wednesday to protest against judicial moves against two of their colleagues currently investigated for possessing state secrets. The protesters organized what they called "an ad-hoc Classified Information Fair" where they shared with each other secret data accessible on the Internet.
The data included personal files, data bases, military maps and sattelite photos of Romanian military airports.
Their protest in front of the General Prosecutor's Office was aimed at warning politicians and authorities that only authorized personnel should bear the full responsibility for the protection of classified documents.
They also raised the issue of journalists’ proffesional right to protect their confidential sources.
Razvan Martin, a representative of the Media Monitoring Agency, one of the organizers of the event, accused prosecutors of "the stalinist mentality that makes them use stalinist laws in inquiries against journalists by ignoring the classified information law and the decisions in this regard by the European Court for Human Rights".