Pagini Romanesti

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Pagini Romanesti - Montreal
Founder(s)George Sava
PublisherViorel Anghel
FoundedMarch 10, 2003 (2003-03-10)
Headquarters3 Place Ville-Marie #400
Montreal, Quebec H3B 2E3
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Pagini Romanesti (“Romanian Pages”) is a newspaper for the Romanian community in Canada. Published in Romanian language, the newspaper is printed twice per month, with a circulation of 4,000 copies. Romanian Pages has a free distribution model, with revenues from advertising. The journal is distributed in the city of Montreal, West Island, Laval and Rive-Sud.

The newspaper's online edition is included in Google News.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Romanian Pages was founded at Montreal in 2001 by George Sava,[2] previous chief editor of Romanian newspaper Romania Libera and an anti-communist dissident,[3] arrested by Securitate in October 1989.

The first issue of the Romanian newspaper Pagini Romanesti in Montréal was published in March 2001. The newspaper was printed after the closing of an older magazine, Luceafarul. Pagini Romanesti is still printed, being nowadays the oldest newspaper of the Romanian community in Québec.[citation needed] The journal has a mix of news and opinion articles, information about the Romanian community in Quebec and stories about the political, economic and social situation in Romania.

Romanian Pages has been deeply involved in the Romanian community in Montreal. The newspaper promoted continuously the most importants Romanian events such as concerts, theatres in Canada and the “Romanian Film Festival”, or “Eurofest”, organized in “Weekends du Monde Festival”[4] or events made by Comunitatea Moldovenilor din Quebec.[5]

The publication had a weekly issue during the period of January 2007- December 2009.

Renowned journalists and public figures from Romania such as Cristian Pătrasconiu, Ioana Ene - senior editor at, Luca Niculescu - from RFI - the actual Romanian ambassador in France, George Rădulescu (ex-journalist from Adevarul newspaper) acted like regular contributors for Romanian Pages.

Due to personal reasons, in 2015, the founder of the newspaper, George Sava, decided to retire.[6] Viorel Anghel, a journalist that was already working for Romanian Pages since 2007, becomes the new editor of the newspaper.[7]


The journal was one of the most fervent supporters of Traian Basescu, the president of Romania between 2004 and 2015.[8] The journal ran several campaigns supporting the official denouncement of Romanian communism regime, published an interview with Traian Basescu and protesting against the impeachment vote of the President and encouraging the Romanian community to vote against PSD, a party that the publication considered to be the cause of the endemic corruption in Romania. The above-mentioned campaigns led to suspicions implying the fact that the journal was receiving funds from the president entourage.

When questioned about that, George Sava declared in an interview: „I know the former president is too smart to pay for something he could (and he actually had) for free: our almost unconditional support”, revealing that he donated 1,500$ CAD for the presidential campaign against impeachment.[9]

The newspaper has taken up positions with other Romanian publications in Quebec against the opening in Montreal of a community center under the influence of the Bucharest government.[10]

Other activities[edit]

The newspaper also published 10 editions of “Ghidul Pagini Romanesti”, a yearly booklet containing information about the Romanian business community in Quebec.

In 2008, in order to promote the Romanian culture in Quebec, the team opens the “Romanian Bookstore”,[11] with an initial stock of 3,000 books in Romanian language. At the beginning of 2014 the bookstore closes its physical premises, turning into an online store.

In 2013, the publication launched on the multiethnic channel ICI TV, from Montreal, a TV show named “PaginiTV”. The one-hour show used to broadcast interviews with personalities from the Romanian community in Montreal, such as: the architect Dan Hanganu, the writer Felicia Mihali, the politician Magda Popeanu or with famous peoples from Romania: the actors Ion Caramitru and Horatiu Malaele or the movie critic Irina Margareta Nistor.[12] Confronted with financial issues, PaginiTV was cancelled in 2014.


  1. "Pagini Romanesti". Google News.
  2. Dogioiu, Ioana (24 September 2013). "Romanii din Occident ar putea sa fie solutia pentru Romania - Interviu cu un jurnalist roman din Canada". (in Romanian). Retrieved 22 September 2017.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. "Iron Curtain Stories". Memory of Nations. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. "Eurofest". EUROfEST. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. "Comunitatea Moldovenilor din Quebec". Moldova Quebec.
  6. "George Sava, confidențe de sfârșit de drum". Pagini Romanesti (in Romanian). 5 February 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2017.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  7. Baciu, Codrut (12 January 2017). "24 de Pagini Romanesti apar bilunar in Montreal. Viorel Anghel, coordonator: "Printul este inca important in diaspora"". IQAds (in Romanian). Retrieved 22 September 2017.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  8. "Interviu acordat de presedintele Romaniei, Traian Basescu, publicatiei canadiene Pagini Romanesti (aparut in numarul din data de 1 martie 2006)" (PDF). Presedintia Romaniei. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  9. "George Sava, confidențe de sfârșit de drum". Pagini Romanesti (in Romanian). 5 February 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2009.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  10. "Presa româneasca din Montreal, împotriva unui centru comunitar subordonat politicului". Uniunea Jurnalistilor Romani de Pretutindeni. 22 March 2017.
  11. "O librarie de carte romaneasca a fost deschisa la Montreal". 8 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. "Pagini TV". YouTube. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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