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Gheorghe Russu

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

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

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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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NIT challenges penalty imposed by broadcasting authority

The television channel NIT, which was to stop broadcasting for five days under a decision taken by the Broadcasting Coordination Council (BCC), submitted an application to the broadcasting authority, requesting annulling the penalty.
Info-Prim Neo, 1 July 2011, 16:06

The channel was penalized for violations committed during the election campaign. The decision took effect on July 1 after it was published in the Official Gazette, BCC chairman Marian Pocaznoi confirmed.

Marian Pocaznoi described the application filed by NIT as attempt to postpone the implementation of the BCC's decision. Under the existing procedure, the Council is to examine the application within 30 days. Most probably, the issue will be included in the agenda of the next meeting.

"The BCC's decision cannot be annulled as it is perfectly legal. The members of the Council who voted in favor of penalizing NIT cannot accept the channel's request," said the Council's chairman.

The decision to force NIT to suspend broadcasting for five days was adopted on June 24 by the vote of six of the eight BCC members attending. The penalty was imposed for biased covering of the campaign preceding the local elections and deviations from the Broadcasting Code and the Regulations of the Central Election Commission.

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