Media-M: Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova

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Freedom House is a proud partner of Internews in implementing the multi-year Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova (MEDIA-M) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Through collaboration with partner civil society organizations in the country, Freedom House aims to boost capacity in civil society to effectively monitor media and to improve the legal and regulatory environment for independent media. Freedom House’s activities address objective 2, which strives to build consumer understanding of independent, reliable, and high quality news, and objective 3, which intends to foster a regulatory environment in which independent media and media support organizations can thrive.

Check out the 2017 Freedom of the Press report here.

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Key initiatives

Reform of Oversight Mechanisms: Bolstering Media Freedom in Moldova

The Parliamentary Working Group on audiovisual legislation in the Republic of Moldova works to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for media freedom in Moldova by improving access to information, fighting propaganda, encouraging national production, and other key areas. Besides members of parliament, the group consists of representatives of Moldovan and international civil society groups, media outlets, and independent media law experts, including MEDIA-M partners. Freedom House’s local Project Coordinator, Tatiana Puiu, co-chairs the working group. Freedom House engages top international experts to provide analysis, support, and key lessons to ensure that the proposed frameworks uphold the highest standards for freedom of expression.

Click here to download a legal analysis of the draft of the new Audiovisual Code for Moldova.

Media Policy Forum: Challenges, Perspectives, and the Road to Media Freedom in Moldova

On March 13, 2018, over 100 representatives from independent media, civil society, government, and the international donor community gathered in Chisinau, Moldova to discuss challenges facing Moldova’s media environment and lessons Moldova can apply from the broader region. Participants shared insights and developed perspectives on enhancing the media market, creating a culture that demands journalistic integrity, and informing stakeholders from local, regional, and international communities on media freedom issues in Moldova. Forum event page and an online replay is available here.

The Forum was made possible in partnership with the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Southeast Europe with support from USAID Moldova and Internews in Moldova under the MEDIA-M project. The next Media Policy Forum will be held in spring 2019.

Advocacy grants - "Media Freedom Matters"

Freedom House and partners provide small advocacy grants to local organizations to improve their ability to raise awareness about the legal and regulatory environment for media. Campaigns may include swift responses to proposed legislation threatening fundamental freedoms or longer-term advocacy initiatives to educate the public about freedom of expression and press freedom.

The first round of the “Media Freedom Matters” grants competition has closed. The next round is expected to open in fall 2018.

Media Forward

The “Media Forward” policy brief series aims to enable local analysts to research and write on critical issues affecting Moldova’s media sector. The first round of briefs address issues such as media literacy, fake news, information security, and media ownership in the country. See below for the latest publications in the first year of the project.

The 2018 competition for the second round of “Media Forward” policy brief authors is now open! For information on the themes and submitting a statement of interest, please click here.

Media Forward Policy Briefs


Victoria Bucataru
By Victoria Bucataru

Bucataru’s brief examines how external actors have created parallel realities and employed deceiving narratives in an effort to manipulate, control, and disrupt the existing order in Moldova.

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Mihai Mogildea
By Mihai Mogildea

Mogildea’s brief explains how politically affiliated media outlets helped their owners distort campaign coverage and influence the 2016 presidential elections in Moldova.

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Nadine Gogu
By Nadine Gogu

Gogu’s brief explores the Moldovan media market’s infrastructure and how it fuels the concentration and politicization of media in Moldova.

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Danu Marin
By Danu Marin

Marin’s brief describes how to combat disinformation in Moldova using emergency management principles and examples from Georgia and Ukraine.

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By Sergei Zveagintsev

The media in Transnistria, an unrecognized, self-proclaimed republic on the territory of Moldova, remain under the control of powerful political interests. Infighting between elites in recent years has completely redrawn the media landscape, shuttering some publications and changing the editorial line of others.

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