Censorship in Communist Romania

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Censorship in Romania is the censorship in the state of Romania, in four stages: before 1918, 1918-1945, 1947-1989, 1990-Present

Censorship in Communist Romania (1947-1989)[edit]

It was widespread and virtually every published document, be it a newspaper article or a book, had to pass the censor's approval. The strictness of the censorship varied with time, the tightest being during the Stalinist era of the 1950s, and the loosest during the early period of Ceauşescu's rule, which ended with the July Theses.

The purpose of the censorship apparatus was to subordinate all the spheres of the Romanian culture (including literature, history, art and philosophy) to the Communist Party's ideology. All features of the Romanian culture were reinterpreted according to the regime's ideology, and any other interpretations were banned as forms of "bourgeois decadence".[1]

1990-Present day[edit]

Since 1990 state censorship does not officially exist in Romania, and attempts by state organizations have been few. The only high profile state action was in the Armagedon scandal, when a citizen was arrested for e-mailing reports that was seen as damaging to then prime minister Adrian Năstase's image.[2] The official accusation was spreading of false information, but the accusations have have been dropped.


  1. ^ Tismăneanu, p. 147
  2. ^ "Condiția libertăți presei în România" (PDF). Agenția de Monitorizare a Presei - Academia Cațavencu. 


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