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Moldova: Turning Off Russian TV and Restricting Press Freedoms?

The building of Moldova’s parliament. Legislators may soon vote on proposed changes to Moldova’s broadcast regulations that, according to critics, would have far-reaching consequences for domestic press freedom. (Photo: Guttorm Flatabø)

Proposed changes to Moldova’s broadcast regulations are creating a free-speech conundrum. The amendments are primarily meant to counter propaganda from Kremlin-friendly Russian broadcast outlets, but they also could end up placing curbs on journalists’ ability to cover the Moldovan government. 
 
A vote in parliament on the measures, proposed earlier this month by the governing pro-Western Liberal Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Moldova, has been postponed. If adopted, critics say the measures would have far-reaching consequences for domestic press freedom.
 
Under the proposed changes, Moldova would no longer be able to disseminate news or news-related programs from countries that have not ratified the 2002 European Convention on Transfrontier Television, a set of international standards for rebroadcasts.
 

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Victoria Puiu is a journalist who writes for the weekly newspaper Timpul (Times) in Chișinău, Moldova.

Moldova: Turning Off Russian TV and Restricting Press Freedoms?

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