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Russian diplomatic service’s reaction to amendment of Broadcasting Code is sheer propaganda, opinion
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11:51, 13 Jan 2018

The director of the Institute for Development and Social Initiative “Viitorul” Igor Munteanu said the Russian Federation took control of the minds of the people by generously financing hundreds of portals and TV channels in our area. In an interview for Radio Free Europe, Igor Munteanu described the Russian diplomatic service’s reaction to the law to amend the Broadcasting Code as sheer propaganda, IPN reports.

Igor Munteanu said the reaction of the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who accused the ruling party of pursuing anti-Russia policies and noted that not only the OSCE, but also all the European institutions should react as it is an attack on the population’s basic right to have free access to information, is pure propaganda. “First of all, she accuses of Russophobia when everyone knows that it is actually the Russian Federation that practices Romanoaphobia, encouraging political currents that are favorable to its interests and financing these groups. This refers to such parties as the Party of Socialists and Usatyi’s party and to the separatist regime that exists on the left side of the Nistru,” he stated.

The director of “Viitorul” noted we will yet see if there is seriousness and institutional capacity to implement the anti-propaganda law. The problem is that Moldova is subject to Russian media aggression and witnesses also important deficiencies in implementing the friendship treaty and the political treaty between Russia and Moldova. This is due to the fact that the Russian Federation regards Moldova as its colony which she does not want to set free and thus applies a lot of neocolonial instruments, economic bans in response to Moldova’s wish to sign an Association Agreement and ensures the presence of Russian troops that are classed as a threat by a judgment passed by the Constitutional Court of Moldova.

The law to amend and supplement the Broadcasting Code allows for the retransmission only of news, feature, military and political radio and television programs produced in the EU member states, the U.S., Canada and in the states that ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television. The law was published in the January 12 issue of the Official Gazette and the broadcasters and distributors of audiovisual services have 30 days to comply with the new broadcasting norms. After this law was passed by Parliament, Russia threatened with response actions. The spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the law reveals anti-Russia policies and more serious deviations from the democratic norms.

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