The Media vs. Historical Accuracy: How Romania’s Current Communist Trials Are Being Misrepresented

 By Elena Dragomir and Mircea Stănescu

Since the fall of 2014, Romania has received new foreign media attention over a trial that has rekindled interest in the country’s Communist past. However, in so doing, the media has also tended to exaggerate and misrepresent the current proceedings and their significance – and thus has failed to note how Romanian authorities in recent years have actually displayed a general disinterest and incompetence in regards to investigating and prosecuting the crimes of the former communist governments. 

The following analysis, written with Mircea Stanescu, sheds new light on the current trial, in the context of its deeper historical context, and its implications for current politics and future interest in addressing communist-era crimes against the Romanian people.

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