Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Staff of popular Romanian satirical magazine quit

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The editor-in-chief of a popular Romanian satirical magazine says he will quit to form a new publication after the weekly was sold to a pro-government investor.

Doru Bucsu wrote Tuesday that he and his team will start a rival publication as he does not trust Dan Adamescu, who bought the publication Catavencu for €880,0000 ($1.255 million) last week.

Adamescu's other newspaper Romania Libera "kisses the underwear" of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party and "shamelessly falsifies its sales figures," Bucsu wrote.

Bucsu, himself, had tried and failed to buy Catavencu.

Catavencu, which appears on Wednesdays, was launched after the 1989 anti-communist revolt. It mocks politicians and other public figures in witty articles and photo-shopped montages.

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