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Mass-media ideological policy in Communist Romania

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Author(s): Ilarion Ţiu

Journal: Sfera Politicii
ISSN 1221-6720

Volume: XXI;
Issue: 173 (1);
Start page: 108;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Romanian communist mass-media | Propaganda | Communist ideology | Cult of personality

ABSTRACT
This article describes how Romanian Communist Party obtained the control of mass-media between 1948 and 1989. Like any totalitarian regime, the communist state put into control printing press, radio and television through centralized institutions: General Direction of Press and Printings (1949-1977) and Council of Socialist Culture and Education (1977-1989). Communist leaders make pressures against mass-media to align journalistic discourse to the official ideology. Romanian mass-media became in 70s and 80s a vector of Nicolae Ceaușescu personality cult. In late communism, printing press and audio-visual haven’t any information, education or entertainment role. The main mission of mass-media was to celebrate the chief of the communist party and the state.
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