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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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BCC postpones renewing licenses till after elections

The broadcasters whose licenses expire before the elections should not be afraid of ending their work. The Broadcasting Coordinating Council set a moratorium over the contests for the licenses expiring within this period.
Info-Prim Neo, 19 December 2008, 16:21

Chisinau (IPN) The broadcasters whose licenses expire before the elections should not be afraid of ending their work. The Broadcasting Coordinating Council (BCC) set a moratorium over the contests for the licenses expiring within this period, Info-Prim Neo reports.

"All the broadcasters, the licenses of which expire, will be able to work during the electoral campaign, unhampered," said BCC's chairman Gheorghe Gorincioi at the end of the sitting the decision was adopted at. The Parliament has not yet set the parliamentary election day, but it is believed they will take place in March.

On December 23, Pro TV Chisinau's is to expire, as the BCC had stated a new contest was to be held for the station's frequencies. The idea that Pro TV could not work in the electoral race has triggered a wave of warnings addressed to the Moldovan authorities: starting from media NGOs to EU commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner.

At it sitting of Dece mber 19, the BCC selected 6 candidates to be proposed to the Parliament to confirm three of them in positions of members of the Supervisory Board of public broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova. They are Viorel Cibotaru (running for a new mandate), Alexandru Grosu, Anatolie Popovici, former BCC chairman Ion Mihailo, Ghenadie Brega and Alexandru Burean (for a new mandate).

PL councilors picket Presidential palace in support of Pro TV

Chisinau (IPN) The councilors of the Liberal Party (PL) picketed the Moldovan Presidential palace protesting against the earlier refusal of the Broadcasting Coordinating Council (BCC) to prolong the license of the Chisinau Pro TV station on Friday, December 19, Info-Prim Neo reports.

"The PL councilors support Pro TV, and all the citizens who are defending their right to be informed. The protest takes place in front of the presidency, because namely Moldovan president Vladimir Voronin decides everything in this country," PL leader Mihai Ghimpu stated.

"Children from kindergartens know that in Moldova all is decided as Voronin says. We wanted to build democracy in Moldova, but at present we have the dictatorship of a party, and I am sure that in summer we shall get rid of this dictatorship and we shall start to live in a democratic country where there is freedom of expression, freedom of the press and justice," Ghimpu added.

According to him, Pro TV is a station "which promotes correctness and equidistance." The Communist Government, which is preparing for the electoral campaign, decided to shut the single voice recording opinions of many parties.

The PL councilors protested against the gesture of the police which refused all the places proposed for erecting the city hall's Christmas Tree. "Yesterday Chisinau mayor Dorin Chirtoaca signed many ordinances of placing the tree in the center of the city, and no one was obeyed by the police. It is revolting, because the municipal police, according to law, should obey the mayor," PL leader in CMC Corina Fusu stated.

The PL hopes, however, that the ruling party will react to this problem, if the society insists upon it. Otherwise, the PL says it will apply other forms of protest, without specifying them.



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