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Ministry of Justice

Counterpart no. 1

INSTRUCTION NO. 1

Based on the provisions of Article 13 of Government Resolution no. 652/2009 on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of Justice;

In compliance with the provisions of Law no. 544/2001 on free access to information of public interest;

In consideration of the provisions of Government Resolution no. 123/2002 for the approval of the Methodological Norms for the application of Law no. 544/2001 on free access to the information of public interest;

Hereby issues this

INSTRUCTION ON THE ACCREDITATION OF JOURNALISTS AT THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

CHAPTER I – General Provisions

Art. 1 - (1) Representatives of the central and local press institutions (newspapers, periodicals, press agencies, Romanian or foreign radio and television channels), hereinafter called journalists, as well as self-employed journalists and self-employed junior professionals who want to reflect the activities/actions of the Ministry of Justice and who fulfill the conditions provided by this instruction may be accredited at the activities/actions of the Ministry of Justice.

  • Accreditation is made based on an approval by the Minister of Justice or another person appointed by the Minister of Justice, at the request of the press institution which is the journalist’s employer or at the request of the self-employed journalists /junior self-employed professionals who meet the requirements of this instruction, after filling in the accreditation form attached to this instruction and shall be granted within two days from its registration.
  • Accreditation shall not entail control by the Ministry of Justice on the materials published by the accredited journalist or on the news broadcasted by mass-media.
  • Refusal to grant accreditation, as well as withdrawal of accreditation may be determined by facts which prevent the regular performance of activity of the Ministry of Justice and which do not concern the opinions expressed in the press by such journalist, under the conditions and within the limits of the law, after prior notification of the management of such press institution, or of the self-employed journalist, as the case may be, as well as for the failure to comply with the provisions of this instruction or with the principles of professional ethics.
  • Refusal to grant accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation for a journalist shall not affect the right of the press institution to obtain accreditation for another journalist, unless the withdrawal concerned the respective press institution.
  • The Ministry of Justice recommends to all journalists and mass-media to take into account and to apply the principles of ethics, taking into account the particular social responsibility they have in the evolution of the society and development of democracy, for correct information of the public opinion and observance of the ethical values and citizens’ rights.

CHAPTER II – Accreditation of Journalists

Art. 2 - (1) Accreditation at the Ministry of Justice may be permanent or temporary.

  • Temporary accreditation is valid for one day/throughout the performance of an event.
  • Permanent accreditation shall be usually made at the beginning of the year. For the applications submitted during the year, the accreditation shall be granted until the end of the current year.
  • Temporary accreditation shall be granted within special events organized by the Ministry of Justice.
  • The Ministry of Justice, by the structures or persons in charge with the relations with the press, shall keep record of the accredited journalists in a register of press accreditations outlining, at least, the name and first name of the accredited journalists, the press institution they represent, the type of accreditation granted – either temporary or permanent, date of issuance of the accreditation.
  1. Permanent Accreditation

Art. 3 - (1) In order to obtain a permanent accreditation, the applicant press institution or self-employed journalists in Romania shall submit a written request by fax (at number: 0372041002) or by e-mail (relatiipublice@iust.ro / presa@just.ro), to the Ministry of Justice.

  • The accreditation form, which is an appendix to this regulation, requesting permanent accreditation, shall accompany the written request and shall contain: the name, first name, position of the journalist within the editorial office (editor, publicist-correspondent, photojournalist, operator, etc.) and the contract details (e-mail, telephone) at which the accredited journalist wants to receive press materials regarding the activity of the Ministry of Justice. The application shall be also accompanied by a copy of the press identification document, endorsed up to date, a copy of the identity document and a recent photograph, sent in .jpg format at the e-mail address: relatiipublice@just.ro / presa@just.ro. The application shall bear the date, signature and stamp of the manager of editor-in-chief of such press institution. In case of termination of the employment contract between the journalist accredited at the Ministry of Justice and the press institution which requested the accreditation, the latter shall have the obligation to notify in writing the Ministry of Justice thereof and to return the accreditation ID within 2 days from the termination date of the said legal relationship.
  • Press accreditations for self-employed journalists in Romania shall be obtained further to a written application addressed to the Ministry of Justice, accompanied by the accreditation form which contains the name, first name, type of media practiced by the journalist and the contract details (e-mail, telephone) at which the accredited journalist wants to receive press materials regarding the activity of the Ministry of Justice. The application shall be also accompanied by a copy of the identity document and a recent photograph, sent in .jpg format at the e-mail address: relatiipublice@just.ro / presa@just.ro. The applicant’s file shall also contain three letters of recommendation from 3 journalists who are members of media professional organizations (associations) in Romania, a professional presentation file which shall include at least 6 materials broadcasted or published by a media institution in the past 12 months before the submission of the application for accreditation, as well as a statement in which the applicant shall specify which is the Professional Code of Ethics to which he/she subscribes, that he/she shall attach as a true copy.
  • In the case of junior self-employed journalists (students in the last years or graduates for less than one year of the faculties of journalism), the file submitted in order to obtain permanent accreditation shall include the name, first name, type of media practiced by the journalist and the contract details (e-mail, telephone) at which the accredited journalist wants to receive press materials regarding the activity of the Ministry of Justice. The application shall be accompanied by a copy of the identity document and a recent photograph, sent in .jpg format at the e-mail address: relatiipublice@just.ro / presa@just.ro. The applicant’s file shall also contain three letters of recommendation from his/her professors from the most recent form of education from which he/she graduated.
  • The applications for accreditation received at the address relatiipublice@just.ro shall be immediately sent to the structure or persons in charge with the relations with the press within the Ministry of Justice, in order to submit them for approval according to Article 1 (2), both in electronic format and registered on paper.
  • Incomplete files for permanent accreditations shall not be accepted.
  • Permanent accreditations shall be granted until the end of the year for which they were requested.

Art. 4 - (1) A journalist who obtained permanent accreditation shall be issued an ID which shall allow his/her access to the space intended for the press at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice only if press statements, press conferences or other media events take place/are organized. Extension of the accreditation for the following year shall be made by affixing a stamp on the already existing access ID, further to the application provided under Article 3 of this Regulation.

  • The accreditation IDs shall not be transmissible.
  • Permanent accreditations shall be issued within 2 days from the registration of the complete application files.

Art. 5 – Foreign journalists – either employees of press institutions or self-employed, including radio and television correspondents, who conduct their activity in Romania, may be accredited at the Ministry of Justice based on an ID issued by the specialized department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and shall follow the same procedures as the other journalists, depending on the category in which they fall.

2. Temporary Accreditation

Art. 6 - (1) In order to obtain temporary accreditation, the applicant press institution shall address in writing the Ministry of Justice, 24 hours before the event for which the accreditation is requested, indicating the name and capacity of its representatives, delegated for such event.

  • Access to the Ministry of Justice shall be allowed based on the identity document and journalist ID, for the persons indicated in the application provided in the previous paragraph.
  • For the self-employed journalists, as well as for junior self-employed journalists, temporary accreditation shall be granted under the conditions provided under Article 3 (3) and (4) of this Regulation; the provisions of Article 3 (5) shall apply accordingly.
  • Foreign journalists who do not conduct their activity in Romania may obtain temporary accreditation based on a recommendation that they have to request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Such shall be also accompanied by the journalist international ID.

CHAPTER III – Rights and Duties of the Accredited Journalists

Art. 7 - (1) Journalists having permanent accreditation at the Ministry of Justice may request organization of meetings, debates and press conferences with the representatives of the management of the Ministry of Justice.

  • Permanent accreditation shall offer the journalists the possibility to personally contact the representatives of the management of the Ministry of Justice for any potential interviews or discussions, with their consent.
  • Journalists with permanent accreditation at the Ministry of Justice shall receive, by e-mail, the press releases of the Ministry of Justice, as well as information regarding the performance of the press conferences / press statements of the management of the Ministry of Justice.
  • Temporary accreditation shall exclusively confer the right of participation in events for which it was granted.

Art. 8 - (1) Accredited television teams, photojournalists and journalists shall have the obligation to observe the dignity and privacy of all the persons in the building. As a result, filming and photographing are allowed within the premises of the Ministry of Justice exclusively in the space intended for the press, as well as in any other rooms where press conferences / meetings with the journalists or other similar events are organized. Filming and photographing in the following areas shall be strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of the representative of the Ministry of Justice:

  1. in the area of the control points of access to the building;
  2. offices intended for the activities conducted by the staff of the Ministry of Justice;
  3. hallways, toilets, spaces where meal is served;
  4. rooms with special regime.
  • Use of hidden audio and video recording devices shall be prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with these rules shall result in withdrawal of the press accreditation.

Art. 9 – Accredited television teams, photojournalists and journalists shall have the obligation to observe the rules on cleanliness and smoking in public institutions, as well as the work security instructions.

Art. 10 – The Ministry of Justice may decide to withdraw the accreditation as provided in Article 1 (4).

Art. 11 - (1) The structures of persons in charge with the relationship with the press within the Ministry of Justice shall be responsible for the correct application of the provisions of this instruction, as well as for the timely information of the management of the Ministry of Justice with regard to any problems arising.

CHAPTER V – Final Provision

Art. 12 – This Regulation shall be notified to the mass-media by display on the internet page of the Ministry of Justice.

 

Bucharest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Date: 06.03.2018

 

University Professor, PhD Tudorel TOADER

Minister of Justice

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Annex 1

Form for accreditation of journalists for the activities conducted by the Ministry of Justice

 

Editorial office requesting accreditation

Name

Postal address
Contact details Telephone
Fax
e-mail
Journalist for whom accreditation is requested Name
First name
Position within the editorial office
Series, number of the identity card
Personal identification number (CNP)
Number of press ID
Contact details Mobile telephone
E-mail
I agree to observe the rules regarding access and conduct during my presence at the activities/events organized by the Ministry of Justice

Journalist’s signature _____________

Date _____________

 

Director/editor-in-chief/ News head of production I confirm the authenticity of the information provided by the applicant for accreditation

Name, first name _____________

Signature, stamp _____________

Data _____________

 

 

Note: In addition to the filled-in accreditation form, please also send us an ID format photograph, in electronic format (“jpg” fixe, maximum size 600 KB), at the e-mail addresses: relatiipublice@just.ro / presa@just.ro.

Annex 2

Sample of press accreditation ID at the Ministry of Justice

 

Ministry of Justice

 

PRESS

 

No. ………………. / issuance year

 

Name and first name

 

Press institution

 

 

 

Photo

 

 
 

Minister of Justice