Romania’s government on Tuesday said it “condemned any act of intimidation against journalists” after an Italian journalist said she was assaulted in the office of a Romanian senator.
Romanian police are investigating the incident. Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca called it “regrettable.”
He said he opposed “any obstruction of the right to public information.” The prime minister “considers this incident unacceptable,” a statement said.
Romania foreign ministry said that the Italian foreign ministry had asked the ambassador in Rome what measures had been taken following the incident in which a journalist from the state broadcaster Rai Uno had been threatened by Romanian senator Diana Socoaca and assaulted by the senator’s husband.
Rai Uno went to the senator’s office to interview her about the pandemic. She is notorious for her anti-vaccine views.
The ministry said an inquiry was underway to establish all the details of the incident and to see whether legal measures needed to be taken, News.ro said.
Rai Uno posted a 17-minute video of the altercation.
“Freedom of expression and the right to an opinion and access to information are guaranteed by a consolidated democracy and under the rule of law, “ the Romaniang overnment said in a press release.
Premier Ciucă categorically rejects any “difference of opinion that is manifested violently.”
The Italian journalist Journalist Lucia Goracci filed a police complaint after the incident. She said she and her crew had been held against their will in the senator’s office after an altercation broke out during an interview.
The Italian embassy provided translation for the Romanian police inquiry.
Ms Goracci said the senator’s husband Silvestru Şoşoacă had pushed her and bit her.