The deaths of 32 people in Friday night’s fire which have been blamed on endemic corruption among officials, appear to have fuelled public anger against Romania’s political elite.
“My expectations are not so big because this time, I’m realistic. You cannot change a political class over night. But it’s a strong signal for the political class to change something in their habits and in their organisation,” said a journalist who had taken part in Romania’s 1989 revolution.
“Most of the people here, the urban young, the educated ones , the middle class people, they do have a deep mistrust of mainstream media especially TV stations. They are seen as part of the problem. They are media extensions of corrupt businesses and cannot be trusted, “ was the opinion of another Romanian journalist.