MOLDOVA: SEEMO Condemns Destruction of Elita TV Headquarters in Moldova

MOLDOVA, 12/04/2012

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the destruction of technical installations of the regional channel Elita TV, based in Rezina, 100 kilometers from Chisinau, Moldova’s capital.

On April 8, 2012, unknown perpetrators entered the headquarters of Elita TV, and deliberately damaged or stole technical equipment.

Elita TV producer Angela Zaharova wrote in a statement published in the daily Timpul, among other media, that “the act of vandalism” was “premeditated”. She linked it to economic problems of the broadcaster.

Founded in 1993, Elita TV broadcasts in five districts, covering 450,000 viewers.

“I call on the authorities in Rezina and Chisinau to bring to justice the perpetrators,” said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic. “Destroying media property is a form of media silencing. Democracy needs freedom of expression.”

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