President of Moldavia refuses to sign bill banning Russian TV broadcasts

20.12.2017, Moldavia.

The law that would limit the broadcasting of TV programs from Russia was not signed, the President of Moldavia Igor Dodon reported on December 20 at his Facebook page.

According to Dodon, the reason why the law was returned to the Parliament is its “antidemocratic nature” and its focus on “limiting freedom of expression and freedom of speech”. The President of Moldavia expressed confidence that this law would violate the rights of “a majority of the Moldavian population, the citizens of this country”. Indeed, “about 70% of Moldavian citizens consider the Russian Federation to be a friendly state,” the President elected by the people wrote.

The subject of limiting the broadcasting of TV programs from Russia has been discussed in Moldavia since 2015. The authors of the bill believe that limiting the broadcasting (retransmission) of information-analytical, political, and military TV programs from countries that have not ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (such as Russia) will ensure the security of Moldavia’s information space.

Previously, the President of Moldavia said that limiting the broadcasting of TV programs from Russia would be unconstitutional, “The Bill proposed by the Democratic Party, which completely bans Russian information-analytical TV programs, is not only contrary to the all-European standards of freedom of expression and speech as well as the constitutional right of the citizens to access information, but it also exposes all the incapability of the government and the parliamentary majority to the people.”

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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