In the evening of 8 June, the editorial office Agora.md was forced to stop the live broadcasting during the rallies organised in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Journalists did not feel safe because of some aggressive persons who installed the tents and no police offices was to be seen near MIA.
Mihail Balan, President of the National Union of Veterans of the Independence War assaulted the Agora.md reporter Anastasia Antoceanu. During a live intervention, Balan hit the reporter on her hand and said: ‘You, get out of here!’.
The demonstrators, according to Newsmaker.md journalists were aggressive with reporters and one of the participants pushed the journalist Olga Gnatkova because she started to ask him questions. Also, the reporter was threatened and was not allowed to shoot.
On 7 June, the NewsMaker reporter, Nicolai Paholnitchi, was pushed, threatened and asked to stop shooting while he was talking with the participants in the rally.
The reporter from TV8.md Daniela Cutu was chased by a protester near the Government building. She got close to a group of demonstrators who were sharing bottles of water after the demonstration organised by PD on 9 July ended and asked them various questions. When they were asked ‘Why did you come here?’, they answered: ‘To see how beautiful you are...’.
Subsequently, one of the protesters started to intimidate her to make her give up on shooting and leave that place. ‘I told you not to shoot’, a man filmed by the cameraman told her in an aggressive tone.
At some point, he snapped at her: ‘Go away! Don’t you understand!?’, and when the reporter hung up the phone he splashed her with water.
On the same day, 7 June, a protester threatened a reporter from TV 8: ‘You will get beaten today anyway!’
As the video shows, the guardians had a violent behaviour towards the reporter. Every time the journalist tried to get closer to Vlad Plahotniuc and Pavel Filip, they pushed her and made her stay away from the crowd. At some point, Vladimir Plahotniuc stopped the bodyguards and told them to allow the journalist to do her work, but he did not want to answer the questions and asked her to come back later with the questions. After that a person took her away from Plahotniuc.
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When he was asked about his attitude, he pretended he did not understand what was that about and answered: ‘Shame on you!’.
The Independent Journalism Center urged politicians, sympathizers of political formations, employees of law enforcement bodies to respect the rights of media representatives involved in the media coverage of current events.
Furthermore, Amnesty International Moldova urged the forces defending the order not to tolerate the aggressive behaviour towards journalists and to ensure the observance of fundamental right and freedoms of citizens.