Regulation on covering the electoral campaign for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia in mass media, elaborated by the Council of Europe consultants
CHISINAU, 9 July 2012 – The Council of Europe consultants, in co-operation with Gagauzian Central Electoral Commission, prepared the draft Regulation on covering the electoral campaign for 9 September 2012 elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia in mass media.
The document was elaborated in accordance with European and international standards for elections, national election-related norms and previous experience of the Republic of Moldova and Gagauzia in covering the electoral campaigns.
The draft Regulation provides for equal access to mass media and, first of all, to the public regional broadcasting service „Gagauziya Radio Televizionu” (Teleradio-Gagauzia), for all candidates and political parties, ensuring pluralism of opinions and excluding the censorship.
Teleradio-Gagauzia’s staff improved its skills in coverage of elections
CHISINAU, 2 July 2012 – About 20 journalists, editors, producers etc. of the regional public broadcasting service Teleradio-Gagauzia were trained on media coverage of elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia.
The training seminar was organised on 29 June – 1 July 2012 in the framework of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova”.
The training featured presentations and practical exercises by French consultant Mr Laurent Rouy and Moldovan consultant Mr Ion Bunduchi.
Moldovan authorities urged to adopt a comprehensive law to combat discrimination, including on the ground of sexual orientation
Strasbourg, 16.05.2012 – On the eve of the International Day against Homophobia, Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), PACE co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by the Republic of Moldova, have expressed their concern at the latest developments in this country relating to the preparation of an Anti-Discrimination Law:
"A draft Anti-Discrimination Law aimed at complying with international standards has been in preparation since 2008, though giving rise to heated debate and misunderstanding within Moldovan society. We are therefore concerned by the recent and unexpected decision of the Minister of Justice to table a compromise draft ‘Law on equal opportunities’ rather than a fully-fledged anti-discrimination law.
The Strategic Guidelines of “Teleradio-Gagauzia” (2012-2016), discussed in Chisinau
The media professionals, politicians and international donors discussed, during a roundtable meeting in Chisinau, the Strategic Guidelines of the regional public broadcaster “Teleradio-Gagauzia” (2012-2016), the first of its kind in the broadcaster’s history.
The document was elaborated with the assistance of an international expert within the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova”.
The Council of Europe welcomed and supported the initiative of actual management of “Teleradio-Gagauzia” to develop its Strategic Guidelines for 2012-2016. In March-April 2012, the Council of Europe expert assessed the activity of “Teleradio-Gagauzia” and identified, in close co-operation with the managers of company, the main short- and mid-term priorities for development.
Strasbourg, 15.05.2012 - Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that discrimination and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to blight the lives of millions of Europeans and cannot be left unanswered. In a statement issued today he said:
“LGBT people still face intolerant attitudes and social barriers across most, if not all, Council of Europe member states. Recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights point at unjustified bans or administrative obstacles imposed on gay pride parades. They underline problems related to discrimination in granting social rights such as the right to employment. A number of applications pending before the Court concern the incrimination of “propaganda of homosexuality” and could lead to violations of freedom of expression. The introduction of such legislation has often started at the local or regional level but in recent months is finding an echo at national level in some countries.