Jelter Meers reports:
The Romanian Data Protection Authority (ANSPDCP) Thursday ordered investigative outlet RISE Project to reveal its sources for reporting on an alleged European Union (EU) fund fraud that may involve an eminent Romanian politician.
The authority’s letter to RISE cites the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a basis for ordering RISE to reveal its sources. Failure to respond within 10 days could lead to a fine of €650 (3,000 lei) per day, and additional fines up to a maximum of €20 million.
The journalists at RISE Project reacted swiftly. “The ‘Dragnea’ group is trying to intimidate RISE Project by invoking the European legislation, after they themselves were accused of stealing EU money,” RISE Project said on Facebook Thursday.
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