The Moldovan parliament today passed a law banning Russian news broadcasts in the country, where differences between pro-Western and pro-Russian groups escalated with the conflict in Ukraine.
This law on “information security” prohibits the “broadcasting on radio and television of news, military, political and analytical broadcasts from countries that have not ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television”.
Also, 50% of the foreign broadcasts on television must come from the European Union, the USA or the signatories of this European convention.
In particular, Moldovan television networks will no longer be able to broadcast only Russian movies, series, music or entertainment shows.
In practice, the ban on news broadcasts – which had already been implemented in 2017 and then repealed in 2020 – has been in force since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the face of this invasion, Moldova, a country whose population is predominantly Romanian but has a strong Russian-speaking minority, is showing strong support for Kyiv. Moldova is accepting war refugees, has applied for EU membership and has received a European promise of a large increase in military aid.
Moldova, part of which is Transnistria, a pro-Russian separatist territory on the border with Ukraine, fears Moscow may choose it as a target, especially when the separatist region said it came under fire in April from Ukraine.
The Russian authorities have also been very critical of Chisinau.