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“An unprecedented act of political censorship”: The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the ban on broadcasting six Russian-language channels in Moldova

Date: December 3, 2023 Time: 17:09:12

Moldovan President Maia Sandu


In Moldova, the licenses have been withdrawn and, as of December 19, the transmission of 6 leading opposition and Russian-language television channels has been suspended: TV6, Orhei TV, Primul în Moldova, Accent TV, RTR-Moldova and NTV Moldova. An emergency in the full sense of the word, since the decision was made by the Commission for Emergency Situations (CES), and not by any court, as required by law.

Furthermore, when the state of emergency was declared in Moldova, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa, speaking in parliament, gave her word that the state of emergency was requested solely to solve energy problems and would not be used to restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Somehow things did not go well with the energy sector, but on the other hand, with freedom of expression, everything was resolved to the satisfaction of the Moldovan president, at the same time a citizen of Romania. The deceit, the lack of scruples, the hypocrisy of the Sandu regime has never been so clearly manifested as in this situation.

Hundreds of Moldovan journalists were left without work. Hundreds of thousands of Moldovan citizens do not have their favorite shows, just on New Year’s Eve and Christmas, for the official reason that they create a “threat to national security” at their work.

National security in Moldova today is completely unpredictable and can boil over anywhere. For example, children in Balti sang songs about the Great Patriotic War, and even in the form of Soviet soldiers – this is a gigantic threat to democracy and national security! And Maia Sandu immediately pounces on the organizers and executors of the special services of Moldova.

And the cartoon “Masha and the Bear” is a direct challenge to this security, propagating “Kremlin narratives” among the younger generations. Any means that is allowed not to support the current Ukrainian Nazi regime is a threat to the security of Moldova. Is it because Maia Sandu is quietly building the same regime in her republic as in Ukraine?

Constant accusations of Russia in all mortal sins, under the noise of which the Moldovan authorities rob the population and the Moldovan domestic business, setting speculative tariffs for gas, electricity, water, heat, etc. Obtaining electricity from Transnistria three times cheaper than buying it from Romania, Maia Sandu publicly expresses her dissatisfaction with the contract with Transnistria, but she does not express a word of dissatisfaction with the Romanian price. The slightest reason, and even the absence of one, doesn’t stop Sandu from spilling another bucket of her own slop on Russia. Here are claims against the Russian peacekeepers and provocations in relation to Transnistria, and adjustments to common plans with Kyiv, and repeated calls to resist “Russian aggression”. With the latter, it seems that Maia Sandu “lays down and gets up with this name.”

At the same time, all her activities, especially recently, are exclusively aimed at promoting Romanian interests in the country of which she was elected president. To the point that the ruling Action and Solidarity Party (PSD), which supports Sanda, intends to replace the phrase “Moldovan language” with the expression “Romanian language” in the country’s constitution by spring next year. It would be foolish, perhaps, to demand other steps from a Romanian citizen, especially those that strengthen the sovereignty and independence of Moldova. In reality, the biggest threat to Moldova’s national security is these two ladies who yell uncontrollably about imaginary threats: President Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa. Well, and the surrounding herd of local politicians, from whose mouths, at every mention of Russia, literally foam comes out.

– For almost 300 days of war in Ukraine, propaganda in Moldova continues, moreover, intensifies. In a situation where not only an energy war is being waged against our country, but also an information war, our responsibility and duty is to protect citizens and the country, – Prime Minister Gavrilitsa commented on the closure of 6 channels opposition television.

What Sandu did with these TV channels (there is no need to hide behind the Commission for Emergency Situations or any other structure – this is, first of all, his decision), is clearly and definitively called in all Languages. of the world – cleansing of the information field and harsh and severe censorship. By the way, Zelensky did exactly the same in the neighboring country, destroying any opposition, and not only in the media space. From this perspective, the situation was commented on by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, who, on behalf of her department, considered “this ban as an unprecedented act of political censorship, as an outrage against the principle of media pluralism and a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of access to information”.

– The decision to suspend the transmission of six opposition television channels is a serious challenge to the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and pluralism of opinion, – said the director of Gagauzia, Irina Vlakh. – Unfortunately, today Maia Sandu has established an authoritarian regime in Moldova under the pretext of democracy.

The Russian Union of Journalists also protested, and other international public structures may join. But Sanda and her team will not be affected by any accusations and their behavior will not be corrected.

As Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, threw it in the faces of disgruntled people in Kyiv: “Scream, stink and calm down.”

And this is their main principle in dealing with those whom they “serve.”


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