Branea, Silvia and Marinescu, Valentina (2005): Jurnalistii si factorul politic in anul 2004. Published in: Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication No. Summer 2005 (2005): pp. 49-56.
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This study attempts to identify some characteristics of the relationship between journalists and politicians. The methodology of the research is based on the analysis of responses to interviews in depth applied to a sample of 50 print and audiovisual journalists from Bucharest, Suceava, Pitesti, Galati and Zalau. The central points of interest have focused on tracking the degree of the journalists'independence from the political and consequently economic factors. The results of the analysis found that often political interference in editorial media agenda materialized through print and audiovisual media owners. One of the ways used by the political parties in influencing journalists consist in the providing of economic benefits as state advertising to obedient publications. Precariousness of the professional organizations and associations of journalists from Romania explains in some degree the problems revealed by journalists interviewed.