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(Happily) Living in Sin: Media and Politics in Romania

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Politics and media in Romania have more than just a symbiotic relationship, one in which they rely on each other. The elites that lead these two institutions share common values, beliefs, and attitudes, which translate into practices and behaviors. The end result is a corruptible, corrupt and corrupting relationship, between two corruptible, corrupt and corrupting institutions, that is detrimental to democracy in general, to the watchdog role of the media, and to their professionalization.

Affiliations: 1: School of Journalism and Electronic Media, The University of Tennessee – Knoxville,


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