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Bucharest, June 11 /Agerpres/ - Germany's Ambassador to Romania, Werner Hans Lauk, said on Thursday that the rule of law doesn't exist without the all-encompassing equality of the citizens before the law, and that without quality journalism, real democracy is not possible.

For this year's edition we chose a subject that has been intensely debated in recent years, both in Romania and in Germany: How do we ensure quality journalism? Why do we need it? Political developments in Bucharest simplify the answer to the second question, because without quality journalism, real democracy in Europe is not possible, Werner Hans Lauk this Thursday told the event "Romanian-German media days 2015. Quality journalism - why we need it and how we ensure it."

He underscored that the role of watchdog played by quality, free and independent journalism, represents one of the guarantees for keeping the fundamentals of democracy in place, beginning with the rule of law, going through the separation of powers, to the independence of Justice. The German Ambassador added that they always risk to come under threat, which is why continuous efforts are needed to maintain these fundamentals unharmed.

The rule of law cannot exist without the equality of all citizens before the law, said the German official.

He pointed out that journalism is changing and that social media make real-time coverage possible. Referring to the "political crisis" Romania is experiencing in the opinion of certain users of such media, the Ambassador said that such views give an excellent perspective on the thoughts and feelings of the persons expressing them, adding however that this cannot provide a balanced and objective coverage of the events taking place.

This is where media play a decisive role for us, the users, the citizens. Only quality journalism facilitates orientation in this ocean of individual voices, as it checks on the veracity of information, turns to alternative sources, confronts individual statements, places them in the current context and compares them with previous statements, texts of law, and constitutional principles, said Werner Hans Lauk.

According to him, quality journalism requires fine-tuned social knowledge.

Werner Hans Lauk announced that the German Embassy will instate in 2016 two awards for Romanian media.AGERPRES

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