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Investigation journalist says she has received death threats

Investigation journalist Emilia Sercan has posted on Facebook on Wednesday that she had received death threats. She is known for her journalists investigations in the past years about the plagiarism cases among high ranking dignitaries and also at helm of some education institutions, with the most recent such case being the one at the Police Academy.

The journalist says that she received messages suggesting that threats are related to the topics she is currently working on.

Emilia ?ercan announced she had filed complaints to the Bucharest Police and that the Interior minister and the head of the Romanian General Police Inspectorate had been also informed about these threats.

“So far I have been insulted, intimidated, followed, they tried to compromise me, but this time, they got to another level”.

Sercan has previously complained on Facebook about the obstacles she is facing from the Police Academy in her attempts to investigate plagiarism cases of this institution’s officials.

The head of the European Commission Representation in Romania, Angela Cristea, asked the Romanian authorities, in a message posted on her facebook account, to take all necessary measures to protect the freedom of the press.

"I was very concerned about journalist Emilia Sercan's posting on threats received from his journalist activity. A free and independent press is vital to the functioning of democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights. We invite the Romanian authorities to take all necessary measures to protect the freedom of the press, according to the values that are the basis of the European Union and are enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights”, she aid.