Romania's Holocaust institute has protested the appointment of a well-known journalist to the board of the country's public television station, saying it is disrespectful to the victims of the Holocaust.

The Elie Wiesel Institute for the Study of the Holocaust said Wednesday that Oana Stanciulescu is unsuitable for the position due to her criticism of a recent law that punishes Holocaust denial or the promotion of the fascist Legionnaires' Movement with prison sentences of up to three years.

Her place on the 13-member board, approved by Parliament Tuesday, has generated strong reactions.

The party that represents the interests of ethnic Hungarians walked out of Parliament, and the head of the Jewish community, Aurel Vainer, also protested.

Stanciulescu's supporters respect her anti-communist views and support for the victims of communism.