IJC closed the debates on modification of the legislation on ensuring media transparency

CJI a incheiat dezbaterile privind modificarea legislatiei in vederea asigurarii transparentei media14.06.2013 / The representatives of the audiovisual media, of the Broadcasting Coordinating Council, the Parliamentary Commission for Mass-media discussed on Friday, June 14, 2013, the final version of the amendments proposed to the legislation in order to ensure the transparency of media ownership. The public debates were organized by the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) in the framework of a project on legislation optimization, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Among the major objectives of the project, is to be mentioned the improvement of the pluralism of opinion and limiting media concentration by ensuring the transparency of media ownership. IJC experts have proposed amending the Broadcasting Code, so that the transparency of ownership to be ensured both in the licensing process and also the submission of annual reports of activity to the Broadcasting Coordinating Council (BCC).

One of the major changes is related to the definition of the founder of a media institution – while the current legislation uses only the “founder” term, the IJC amendments propose to adopt the definition of owner what will incorporate de facto the definition of owner and owner-beneficiary. Another aspect addressed by the amendments refers to the manner of enforcement, BCC being assigned a greater freedom of action.

The IJC amendments do not create any obstacle to the registration of companies in offshore areas. According to the IJC experts, the reason lies in the specifics of Moldovan politics, progressive change attempts of the legislation seeming more likely to succeed than the proposal of some radical changes.

The event was organized within the project "Improving the transparency of media ownership in Moldova" with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
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