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Statements

In this section you will find the statements signed or initiated by the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) and other media NGOs in Moldova. Our organization reacts whenever the rights of media representatives are violated or threatened and asks the competent authorities to take appropriate measures.

Statements

Media NGOs express concern about the attempts of the authorities to exercise political control over the national public broadcaster Teleradio Moldova (TRM) and the audiovisual regulatory body – the Coordinating Council for Broadcasting (CCB).

Comrat, January 31, 2015 Civil society organizations are concerned about the management crisis at the regional public broadcasting company GagauzRadioTelevizionu (GRT). Ms. Anna Kharlamenko, GRT Manager, requested in writing that the Supervisory Board appoint Ms. Maria Parfyonova as Acting Manager of GagauzRadioTelevizionu, due to Ms. Kharlamenko's request for sick leave.

Media NGOs are asking the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia to reject the draft law on modifying and supplementing Law of Gagauzia on Television and Radio, no. 66 of 10 July 2007, which was subjected to public discussions on 24 October 2014[1].  

We, the representatives of the Moldovan civil society who signed this declaration, are asking the Parliament to comply with the term legally required to prepare and debate in the second reading the draft law on modifying and supplementing the Broadcasting Code of the Republic of Moldova, which concerns media ownership transparency and public access to information about the owners of media outlets...

Media NGOs are expressing their concern with the legislative initiative intending to modify the law on counteracting extremist activities, which is able to restrict Internet freedom.

Non-governmental organizations working in the media field are asking the Parliament to speed up the process of selection and appointment of members to the Supervisory Board (SB) of the national public broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova, so as to ensure the functionality of this autonomous managing authority.  

Media NGOs are expressing concern about physical aggression against civic activist and human rights campaigner Oleg Brega and are asking the Ministry of Interior and the General Prosecutor’s Office to investigate and elucidate cases of aggression against him and to make investigation results public.  

Media NGOs are asking the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office to investigate and elucidate the threats addressed to Anatol Durbala, one of the hosts of the Ora de Ras (“An Hour of Laughter”) show on Jurnal TV. The threats related to professional activity were mentioned on a social networking site by his co-host, columnist Constantin Cheianu.

Non-government organizations supporting the media request that the management of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova solve the problem of access to the parliamentary chamber for media representatives, thus keeping a promise previously made. Limiting journalists’ access to the plenary meetings of Parliament contravenes the principle of transparency in decision making and is a violation of...

Moldovan media NGOs express their deep concern over the violence and use of firearms by Ukrainian authorities and the groups supporting them (“titushki”), which resulted in the death of one journalist and injuries to other 38 who had been covering protests in Ukraine. The signatory organizations vehemently condemn such practices that are contrary to all international norms.