Thursday, October 13, 2011

AP: Romanian court scraps law taxing journalists

BUCHAREST, Romania—A lawyer in Romania says a Bucharest court has ruled to scrap a law obliging journalists and actors to pay hefty taxes on royalties and penalties dating back five years.

Lawyer Gheorghe Pipera who acted on behalf of 25 journalists and artists said Wednesday that the Bucharest Appeals' Court ruled Tuesday to immediately suspend the measure.
Critics said the law was designed to intimidate journalists who had criticized tax authorities.

Pipera told The Associated Press the law was "abusive" and contravened European norms.

Under the law made public in June, writers and others whose yearly royalties amount to more than euro35,000 ($50,000) were supposed to pay 24 percent sales tax dating back five years.

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