Fact Check: Romania's TVR Târgu-Mureș Channel Does NOT Prevent The Use Of Romanian Subtitles On Its Hungarian Language Broadcasts

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Fact Check: Romania's TVR Târgu-Mureș Channel Does NOT Prevent The Use Of Romanian Subtitles On Its Hungarian Language Broadcasts They Do Subtitle

Does TVR Târgu-Mureș, a regional TV channel of the National Romanian Television Network (TVR), not provide Romanian subtitles for Hungarian language programs that it broadcasts in service of its ethnic Hungarian audience in the region? No, that's not true: TVR Târgu-Mureș provides Romanian subtitles on most non-Romanian speaking shows on its regional TV broadcasts and most people in the region are known to speak Romanian.

The claim originated from a video published by TikTok user @stiridinromania (archived here), on July 4, 2023, with the caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff):

As long as the idiots from TVR Targu Mures are not providing Romanian subtitles, don't be surprised that Romanian is not spoken in Tg Mures. The sh*t (expletive) 500/2002 law is allowing them to do that.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Aug 2 06:35:25 2023 UTC)

Romania's National TV channel is divided into regional services to provide local programming and better serve the needs of different ethnic groups in the country. Regional channel TVR Târgu-Mureș targets audiences in Alba, Brașov, Covasna, Harghita, and Mureș counties in central Romania and it provides 38 hours of programming a week in three languages - Romanian, Hungarian, and German, with half of its in-studio programming intended for minorities in those counties.

According to its official webpage, TVR Târgu Mureș says most of the shows have Romanian subtitles and, as seen on TVR+, TVR's online platform, Hungarian language programs aired by TVR Târgu Mureș are available online with Romanian subtitles.

The reference to the 500/2002 law appears incorrect since that law refers to procedures, administration, and use of public funds from the state budget. The law the author of this post is most likely referring to is the 504/2002 law, which states that broadcasters, in localities where a national minority represents more than 20% of the population, must provide programs in the language of the respective minority.

According to the National Institute of Statistics Census in 2021, 35,6% of the people in Mureș County report a Hungarian ethnic background while a recent provisional census published this year says that 54,4% of the people in the county see themselves as Romanians, therefore, it can be assumed that Romanian is widely spoken in Mureș County.


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