IJC has released the study "An Assessment of the State of the Media in the Republic of Moldova"

19.03.09/ The study “An Assessment of the State of the Media in the Republic of Moldova: Is Free and Fair Coverage of the 2009 Parliamentary Election Campaign Achievable?” has been released by the Independent Journalism Center.

The study tackles the conditions in which mass media operate in the Republic of Moldova, as well as the state of media from the point of view of pluralism and diversity on the eve of general 2009 election.

The study has three chapters, and the contents may be summed up in three paragraphs:
Chapter I - Assessment of the State of Media in the Republic of Moldova assesses the current state of Moldovan media by reviewing media performance in the five election campaigns after 2001. The author presents a retrospective on abuse of the media in 2008 and the national and international responses to it in order to formulate generalizations, conclusions and recommendations. “The state continues to play an influential role in both the political and the economic markets. The government disseminates information through a significant number of influential media outlets which reduces the pluralism and diversity of opinion that are necessary for society” states the author.
Chapter II - Mass Media on Election eve: Whom and How did the Media Cover in Pre-electoral 2008? addresses media coverage in 2008 of the most important political events to assess whether or not pluralism and diversity of opinions were respected in the pre-electoral period as a precondition for a fair campaign. The monitoring results show that the main media outlets in the Republic of Moldova are far from able to report professionally on the election campaign in 2009 or to ensure the right of citizens to information or the right of politicians to present their positions.
Chapter III - The Current Government – Main “Shadow” Owner of the Media in the Republic of Moldova is a journalistic investigation of media trusts in Moldova that tackles the legal aspects of the problem of media concentration, identifies the “shadow” managers of the most important media outlets and shows us the way the current media structure in Moldova could affect 2009 parliamentary elections. 

The study is available in English and Romanian, electronically at: http://www.ijc.md/eng/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113&Itemid=36

For the printed version of the study and for further details, please contact IJC at: str. Sciusev 53, Chişinău, tel: 213 652, 227539. Contact name: Doina Costin, Media Law Unit Coordinator, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

This study „An Assessment of the State of the Media in the Republic of Moldova: Is Free and Fair Coverage of the 2009 Parliamentary Election Campaign Achievable?” is made possible by the support of the Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.

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