Moldova tackles foreign propaganda
13 January, 2018
Moldova passed a law last Wednesday aimed at combating “disinformation or manipulation of information from abroad,” thus tightening state control over foreign media influence. The so-called “media propaganda” law effectively bans the rebroadcasting in Moldova of Russian television programs on news, analysis, politics, and military issues, although the parliament's statement did not explicitly mention Russia. Russian state news agency RIA Novosti was fast to condemn the law, while pro-Russia political parties called for street protests.
The law was signed by parliament speaker Andrian Candu (pictured) after the country's Constitutional Court a week ago suspended pro-Russian President Igor Dodon powers. Moldova has long been torn between integration with the EU and loyalties to its former Soviet ruler, Moscow. Candu also signed legislation appointing seven new government ministers. It was namely the cabinet reshuffle that led to Dodon being stripped out of powers, as he repeatedly refused to sign the bill into law.