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Media NGOs Urge the New Government to Reform Mass Media

30 September 2009. Eight nongovernmental media organizations* submitted a Media Roadmap to the Parliamentary Committee for Culture, Education, Research, Sport and Media, as well as to the Parliament Speaker – Mihai Ghimpu.

The Media Roadmap sketches five fields of reforms proposed by the civil society: reform of the public broadcaster, reform of the Broadcast Coordinating Council, deetatization of the print press, policies designed to stimulate the development of independent media and the legislative reform. The civil society call on the Parliament to develop and implement, as a matter of priority, legal mechanisms to ensure that the Supervisory Board (SB) of Teleradio-Moldova Company candidates are not designated on political criteria and to guarantee the transparency of the designation process, as well as a credible representation of the SB; eliminate any influence or interference of the state and politics in the editorial policy of Teleradio-Moldova Public Company, including through ensuring a genuine financial independence of the public broadcaster. An urgent measure proposed by the signatory organizations is to hold the Broadcast Coordinating Council (BCC) accountable, particularly by enforcing the obligation to carry out yearly parliamentary hearings on the BCC activity reports, with the presentation of alternative reports. It is also critical to ensure that any decisions adopted by BCC is motivated.

A series of legal reforms are proposed to stimulate the development of the press in Moldova and create equal economic conditions for all media outlets: denationalize the press, ensure equal and transparent access to the “state advertising” by organizing tenders, offering subsidies and exempting newspapers from VAT on income derived from their editorial activity.

The signatory organizations call on the Moldovan government to show adherence to the European norms in the field of media, freedom of expression and information in order to strengthen the democratic process initiated in Moldova.

The full text of the Media Roadmap is enclosed.


* Independent Journalism Centre, Independent Press Association, Electronic Press Association, Acces-info Centre, Investigative Journalism Centre, Press Freedom Committee, Moldovan Young Journalists Centre, Journalists Union of Moldova


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