In Romania, the Senate decided in a unanimous vote on Wednesday that news programs broadcast by TV and radio stations must include an equal number of positive and negative news stories, according to the Romania’s HotNews.ro. Proponents say the law would “offer the audience the chance to have a well balanced perception of the everyday life, both psychological and emotional.” Two senators argued that negative news leads to nervous breakdowns and chronic diseases. Said Senator Petre Daea, “I support it because it is necessary. During the past years, I have seen only negative news … the chaos, the depravation, the dark side of life. I haven’t seen news on agriculture, let’s say, how the fields are worked, nothing positive from education or economy.” The Romanian Press Club is asking President Traian Basescu to veto the law, arguing it will violate the right to free speech.
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