Attila Mong/CPJ EU Correspondent

Attila Mong is a freelance journalist and CPJ’s Berlin-based Europe correspondent. He is a former John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and a Hoover Institution research fellow, both at Standford University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Memorial Prize for Best Investigative Journalism in 2004 and the Soma Investigative Journalism Prize in 2003.

In response to a Rise Project report alleging corruption, based on documents provided in a suitcase, party leader Liviu Dragnea carried a case of donuts into parliament, which he said were from the investigative outlet. (Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea)

In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project

Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist’s dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering the outlet to reveal its sources or pay a fine of up to 20 million euros…

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