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Moldova Democrats propose draft law banning foreign propaganda TV shows

On June 13th, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vladimir Plahotniuc, announced about the initiative to secure the informational space from the external vulnerabilities by eliminating the propaganda retransmitted by foreign TV channels in Moldova.

During a press briefing, the Democrat oligarch stressed about the importance of finding adequate internal solutions to protect the citizens from the foreign misinformation, especially the Russian propaganda:

“The Republic of Moldova is vulnerable to media campaigns of manipulation from outside. I mean especially some information shows broadcast by some TV channels from the Russian Federation. Often, this content has serious elements of defamation towards our country, but also our development partners from the European Union or from the USA. False information is being spread, which cannot be checked day by day because of the huge load of work and it very best packaging”, says Plahotniuc who owns Prime TV that partially retransmitts the Russian “Pervyi Kanal”.

According to him and the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu, not all foreign programs will be banned, but only those that spread the propaganda. Candu explained that the essence of the draft law is in allowing the broadcasting informative programs only of TV and radio channels that come from the EU, US, Canada and countries that ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television.

The project also stipulates sanctions for broadcasters that violate the law: from fines to cancelling broadcasting licences in less than 30 days by court.

The draft law was already submitted to the Parliament of Moldova.

The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, did not like the proposal, claiming that the Democrats show off their “Pro-European” and “anti-Russian” character to the West. Dodon promises that he would block the draft law even two times until the point when the draft law is subject of a referendum.

What is worth paying attention to is that Plahotniuc himself owns the most-watched TV channel Prime TV, who rebroadcasts Russian “Pervyi Kanal”, probably the most popular pieces of Kremlin’s propaganda machine. Some say that the “anti-propaganda” law might not hit Prime TV so hard because the rebroadcasting contract expires in the second half of 2017.

On the other hand, NTV Moldova, belonging to a Socialist MP and known for best coverage of Dodon, partially rebroadcasts NTV from Russia.

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Democrats win mayor seats in 4 villages, “Shor Party” VP Tauber gets mayor seat in Jora de Mijloc

21 May 2018- Besides Chișinău and Bălți, mayoral elections were held in five villages in Moldova.

In Jora de Mijloc, Orhei District, “Shor Party” Vice-President Marina Tauber won 61,07% of the votes. Her opponent, Democrat Lucia Terenti got 38,05%.

Marina Tauber

The small village got more attention not because the Orhei-born Tauber suddenly came to Jora de Mijloc to win the mayor seat, but because of the reported frauds and irregularities on the election day. Quoted by TV8, Promo-LEX found more than 10 violations in Jora de Mijloc: organized transport of voters, the presence of unauthorized persons next to the polling stations, the disconnection of security cameras in the center, taking photos of the voting ballot, etc. There were several reported cases of persons registering and taking photos of voters next to the polling station.

In other villages, Democrat mayors won with an overwhelming majority of votes:

  • Leușeni, Hâncești District- Ion Dragan, 90,79%;
  • Nemțeni, Hâncești District- Maria Ghițu, 82,58%;
  • Volovița, Soroca District- Ghenadie Nitrean, 79,36%;
  • Pârlița, Ungheni District- Stanislav Babuțac, 85,61%.

Source: CEC/TV8

The mandates of these mayors cannot be more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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Bălți mayoral elections: Nicolai Grigorișin wins 61,74% of the votes

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21 May 2018- The preliminary results of the Bălți mayoral elections have been made public by the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova.

Nicolai Grigorișin, the candidate of “Our Party”, won 61,74% of the total votes. Grigorișin thus won the Bălți elections in the first round. He belongs to the party of the resigned-exiled Bălți mayor, Renato Usatîi.

Source: cec.md

Socialist candidate Alexandr Usatîi got 19,17% of the votes, while Platform “Dignity and Truth” candidate Arina Spătaru- 6,12%.

In February 2018, the leader of “Our Party”, Renato Usatîi, announced his resignation from the position of mayor of Bălți municipality. Usatîi is accused of an attempt of assassination against the Russian banker German Gorbuntsov, holder of Moldovan citizenship. A subject of an international warrant, he was not in Moldova for more than a year, and meetings of the City Hall officials were often conducted with Usatîi’s presence via Skype. Usatîi is reportedly residing in his house in Moscow, Russia.

The mandate of the mayor cannot last for more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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Chișinău mayoral elections: Ion Ceban gets 40,97% of the votes, Andrei Năstase- 32,12%, second round expected

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21 May 2018- The preliminary results of the Chișinău mayoral elections have been presented.

The candidate of the Party of Socialists, Ion Ceban, won 40,97% of the votes, while Andrei Năstase of the Platform “Dignity and Truth” got 32,12% of the votes. Ceban and Năstase will thus compete in the second round of the elections in two weeks.

Independent candidate Silvia Radu got 17,65% of the votes, followed by the National Unity Party’s candidate Constantin Codreanu with 4,55% and the Liberal Party’s candidate Valeriu Munteanu with 3,61%. Other candidates got under 1%.

The voter turnout in Chișinău was 35,53%.

The mandate of the mayor cannot last for more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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