Through an emergency ordinance, the Romanian government has created a 15 million euro fund to help Romanian television stations, Index on Censorship reports. The ordinance, voted on 10 June 2015, has been criticized by various Romanian pressfreedom NGOs.
The NGOs say that the state subsidy will create a selective competition advantage, and distort the free market. They also point out that the second half of 2015 and 2016 is election period, and that therefore the intentions of the government are questionable. The credibility of the recipients of the funds can be also affected.
Source: Index on Censorship. Mapping media Freedom in Europe platform: https://mappingmediafreedom.org/reports/view/931