The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has passed the Republic of Moldova on an advanced monitoring procedure after it would have amended in 2021 the audiovisual legislation and the transfer to parliamentary control of the public institution “Teleradio Moldova”. At least that is what the socialist deputy Adela Răileanu claims.
Răileanu states that the change of the monitoring process by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe would be “a strong signal of demotion in terms of human rights protection”.
“The government in Chisinau has also received a red card. This time from the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The European institution has passed the Republic of Moldova in an advanced monitoring procedure – a strong signal of demotion in terms of human rights protection. The reason that led to this penalty is the amendment in 2021 of the audiovisual legislation and the transfer to political control of the public institution “Teleradio Moldova”, writes Răileanu.
The deputy also claims that the Committee of Ministers invokes the negative impact that the actual governance have on freedom of expression and on independence and pluralism in public broadcasting.
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It is worth mentioning that in the autumn of last year, the government transferred the “Teleradio-Moldova” Company from the subordination of the Audiovisual Council to that of the Parliament. The new changes were then criticized by the parliamentary opposition, but also by the media NGOs. In reply, the President of the Parliament, Igor Grosu, stated at the time that “this was the responsibility of this institution and to bring its activity to the level of normality”.