Vienna, 12 May 2002.
The Vienna South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns one statement published on 10 May by the Romanian Defense Ministry. This statement reminds journalists that life is short, and the health too valuable, to endanger it by launching “stressful debates.”
The reaction from the Defense Ministry came after several media in Romania translated in Romanian an article on NATO-Romanian relations. The article, published on 30 April 2002 in US daily The Wall Street Journal, suggested that NATO may be reluctant to share classified information with Romanian intelligence officials, as some of whom are former members of the Securitate, the Communist-era secret police.