Journalists from the Stop Media Ban join Members of the European Parliament to bring attention to the topic of press freedom in the European Union and its candidates at the conference in Brussels.
Brussels, Belgium, 11 January, 2024 – Journalists from the Stop Media Ban join Members of the European Parliament to raise the issue of the declining state of press freedom across the EU and candidate countries during the Freedom of Press conference in Brussels. The common trend across the EU leaves little room for diverse opinions and criticism from the media side, agree several MEPs during the event.
Ludmila Belcencova, President of Stop Media Ban, who participated in the panel discussion, commented on the importance of raising the topic of press freedom in Europe and fighting against media censorship:
“Media freedom and pluralism are fundamental for democracy for every country and all citizens. Journalists’ mission is to be the voice of the people and for the people. We must monitor the work of the government and present different opinions, but since December 2022, there is no pluralism in Moldova, the official candidate for EU membership.”
Tatiana Lupan, member of Stop Media Ban, stated that the last year of her career on Moldovan television was full of uncertainty as the journalists were only able to speak about the Moldovan government positively:
“Journalism is a very difficult profession. The duty of a journalist is always to present correct news, which takes a lot of effort. Unfortunately, the factual information on the news is not always “comfortable” for the government, especially before the elections. Therefore, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are banned in Moldova now. Banning the media means having no pluralism of opinion and giving the population just the governmental point of view, which is very undemocratic,” said Lupan.
“The EU politicians bring attention to the problem of media censorship and the lack of proper mechanisms for the protection of press rights. As journalists, we want to raise awareness about the consequences that come with the ban on press freedom. It is great that the European Union is looking into the problem in Moldova amidst the enlargement process,” added Belcencova.
The ECR Party, conference hosts, also presented the report on Media Freedom and Pluralism in Europe during 2014-2023, highlighting the most stagnant cases of the media silencing and censorship in the EU.
Earlier last year, the European Commission published a report stating that the closing of the TV channels in Moldova has not been done according to the law and criticises the decision of the Moldovan government.
“We have to start fighting for the rights of the press,” concluded Belcencova.
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