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People in Moldova protest the ban on channels presenting "incorrect information" about the war in Ukraine

22.12.2022, 15:06

In Chisinau (Moldova), a protest against the Emergency Commission's decision to suspend the broadcasting licenses of six TV channels – TV6, Orhei TV, Primul in Moldova, Accent TV, NTV Moldova, and RTR Moldova – is still ongoing next to the Parliament.

The rally was initiated by members of the Chisinau Municipal Council from the Socialist Party of the Republic of Moldova, who invited all willing persons to join, Moldovan publication "Newsmaker" reports.

The Civil Congress also announced the decision to support the protest.

The protesters are chanting "No to dictatorship", "No to censorship". SPRM deputy Adela Raileanu was the first to speak before the audience, stating that the TV channels had been closed down for talking about what the citizens were thinking.

"The criminal, fascist regime has silenced six TV channels," she said.

At the same time, the Parliament's vice-speaker, SPRM deputy Vlad Batrincea demanded that Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita and the head of the Television and Radio Council, Liliana Vitu, be summoned to the Parliament. Batrincea demanded that they explain the reasons for suspending the broadcasting licenses of the six TV channels. In response, the Speaker of the Parliament of Moldova, Igor Grosu, said that the authorities "have to keep on cleansing the information space of propaganda toxins."

"I don't know about you, but it seems to me that our media environment has been smelling better, with less propaganda stench. Did you feel it? Some are already addicted to that smell. We must keep going to cleanse the information space of propaganda toxins." - said to Gros.

As IMI reported, the Moldovan National Emergency Situation Commission decided to temporarily revoke the broadcasting license of six TV channels due to "incorrect coverage" of the war in Ukraine.

"To protect the national media space and prevent disinformation through distribution of false information or attempts to manipulate the public opinion, and based on the list of individuals and legal entities against whom international sanctions have been applied, as well as numerous conclusions of the Audiovisual Council, the broadcasting license of six audiovisual media services: Primul in Moldova, RTR Moldova, Accent TV, NTV Moldova, TV6, Orhei TV, has been suspended for the duration of the emergency state due to lack of correct information in the coverage of national events, as well as the war in Ukraine," the Moldovan government said.

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