BCC disapproves pressures exerted by law enforcement bodies on journalists and regrets lack of solidarity of certain broadcasting institutions
The Broadcasting Coordinating Council (BCC) expresses its disapproval about the actions undertaken by the Interior Ministry’s employees who, on March 27, detained two reporting crews from PRO TV and DTV channels. BCC found on Thursday, March 29, after hearing the directors of the two channels in a public meeting, that the reporters and cameramen were detained and intimidated by police while they were doing their job, and namely they were shooting in Chisinau an unauthorised protest walk. In a statement released today, the Council, as the representative and guarantor of the public interest in broadcasting and as the authority in charge of protecting journalists, urges all the governmental and nongovernmental institutions, as well as all the citizens, not to admit and prevent actions that would subject the journalists to pressures or threats that would hinder or effectively limit the free exercising of their professional activities. The national broadcast authority recalls that, under the Article 15, p.3, of the Broadcasting Code, “the coercive (psychological) constraint, exertion of pressure by intimidating radio and TV reporters to determine them to breach the deontological journalism standards are punished by law”. In the same context, BCC regretfully found that certain broadcasting media institutions did not show solidarity with their colleagues from PRO TV and DTV and neglected the events occurred on March 27, in which the journalists of the two TV channels were detained and intimidated. BCC calls on all media institutions to promptly react in case such kind of events reoccur.