With the emergence of social media, Romanian citizens have mobilized, resulting in the largest protests since the Purple Revolution of 1989.
Professor Dr. Ana Adi, from the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission in Berlin, attributes the influence of social media on civil society to its ability to spread information quickly.
“If we look at the #rezist protest for example, that first night when the emergency decree was issued, within two hours people were on the streets. The reaction capacity was very, very fast because of the social media access […].”
But journalists continue to work under dangerous conditions in Romania. During the protests in 2018, several media workers were assaulted for their reporting.
This video was created by Doina Boev*
*student at Newscoop partner Freie Universität Berlin – Institute for Media and Communication Studies