23 April 2021

Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises


20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Moldovan mass media have troubles observing deontological ethics

Radio and TV stations, as well as the written media, including media from the Transdiestrian and Gagauz regions, have troubles, sometimes major ones, in observing ethical standards and principles, reveals the first monitoring report issued by the IJC.
IJC, 18 August 2010, 18:00

The monitoring report, issued by the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) within the project „Strenghtening mass media's capacity to reflect issues of public interest", that evaluated 15 media institutions the way reflected issues of public interest during the course of June, reveals that:

- the editorial policy of newspapers is not adapted/modified according to matters of major public interest. Thus, issues concerning foreign relations and the resolution of the Transdniestrian conflict are alloted an exaggerated editorial space, to the detriment of acute social and economic issues (i.e. poverty, unemployment, life quality, corruption etc);

- all of the newspapers monitored have troubles (sometimes, even major ones) observing deontological standards and principles concerning the number and balance of sources/opinions, author's position or the tone of reporting; at times the language is faulty, which arises questions as to ethical standards and journalistic responsibility;

- matters of increased concern for the public have different visibilities on the TV stations monitored and need more balance through an adequate planning;

- all of the TV stations have used sources of opinion disproportionately, failing to ensure a diversity of „actors". Authorities' opinion was dominant in reports, which led to a divertion from an area of information of the public to one of manipulation;

- some TV stations have difficulties related to the balance of sources. Others have often violated the principle of impartiality, whereas a certain TV station has troubles with journalism ethics due to the use of faulty language;

- journalists from radio stations experience difficulties pertaining to the frequency of a balanced approach in matters of major public interest, and especially difficulties in approaching the „actors" as sources of information. Additionally, a more active involvement of journalists is needed when covering an assignment.

Based on the report, local and foreign experts will conceive an instructional program for journalists that shall be implemented during three months.

The electronic version of the report can be found at the following links:
For English -
For Romanian -
For Russian -

The project „Strenghtening mass media's capacity to reflect issues of public interest" is financially supported by the European Union Delegation to Moldova through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.



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