Cristina Guseth – Romania

Linked with Freedom House.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “To improve the world we live in, citizens need to be empowered through education and free access to information”.

Cristina Guseth is the director of Freedom House, Romania. In 2004, Freedom House joined the Coalition for a Clean Parliament to inform Romanian citizens and improve accountability of their representatives in Parliament.

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Cristina Guseth – Romania

She works for Freedom House.

Cristina Guseth has been working for human rights and the empowerment of civil society in Romania since 1991. From 1991 to 1997, she worked with the Soros Foundation in Romania in its pioneering work to develop a free press in the country. She helped establish the BBC Radio and TV Journalism School, the only vocational broadcast school in Romania.

Cristina Guseth’s family experienced the lack of personal freedom and civic liberties under the communist regime in Romania. Since the 1989 political change, she has taken the opportunity to work in the human rights’ field, promoting and sustaining democratic values. She has been working to empower Romanian citizens, to raise their awareness about their civic and political rights and to encourage them to stand up for those rights.

Cristina Guseth recently received an award for the most important contribution to democracy building, dismantling the communist structures and the rebirth of hope in Romania. This was awarded by the Timisoara Society, the first significant organization representing Romanian civil society. The Revolution started in Timisoara, and marked the fall of the communist regime – one of the most oppressive dictatorships in Central Europe. It marked the turning of Romanian society to democratic and European values.

This Award was given to Freedom House, represented by Cristina Guseth, as part of the Coalition for a Clean Parliament, a project that started in March 2004, an election year in Romania. The purpose of the Coalition project was to prevent election and reelection of candidates with a record of corruption. According to Transparency International’s yearly reports, Romania has a high level of corruption, especially in the political sphere.

From 1991 to 1997, Cristina Guseth worked for the Soros Foundation for an Open Society and was responsible for many programs and projects in media, public relations, public administration, and civil society education.

One of the most important was established in partnership with BBC orld Service and British Know How Fund: the BBC Radio and V Journalism School, the first outside the UK and the only vocational broadcast school in Romania. This was pioneering work in Romania and helped to change the mentalities that had become ingrained under the totalitarian regime. (1000PeaceWomen).

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links:

Cristina Guseth, In cadrul IQads sunt 3 referiri la “Cristina Guseth”;

REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES, Bucharest, Romania, 14-15 November 2003;

Freedom House, Staff Directory, Washington, DC;

Lista cu ziariştii nominalizaţi la verificări ale CNSAS privind posibila (sau nu) colaborare cu fosta Securitate;

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