The Russian Foreign Ministry expects international human rights institutions to respond to the Moldovan Television and Radio Coordinating Council's decision to analyze the contents of programs of Russian TV channels broadcast in Moldova.
"Moscow has taken note of the Moldovan Television and Radio Coordinating Council's analysis of the contents of programs of Russian TV channels broadcast in the country initiated by Moldovan parliamentarians known for their Russophobic views. Such actions go against the people's unalienable right to freedom of information, one of the fundamental European democratic principles, the desire to guarantee which Chisinau has claimed relentlessly," the ministry said in a commentary available on its website.
"What is regrettable is the fact that the authors of this idea do not even conceal that it is aimed at imposing an artificial ban on providing the Moldovan audience with alternative viewpoints on relevant aspects of the country's development," it said.
Moscow is convinced that such actions are inconsistent with internal political consensus in the run up to parliamentary elections in Moldova and run counter to the Moldovan authorities' assurances that they seek to build relations with Russia in a constructive manner, it said.
"We expect an appropriate response from international institutions dealing with human rights protection," it said.
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