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The parliamentary commission on the media has chosen candidates for BC membership that it will propose to the Parliament for appointment

27 November 2021
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The parliamentary commission on the media has approved seven candidates for the positions of member of the Broadcasting Council (BC) that will be proposed to the Parliament for appointment. These are Ruslan Mihalevschi, Liliana Vițu-Eșanu, Larisa Turea, Orest Dabija, Tatiana Crestenco, Ana Gonța, and Eugeniu Rîbca.

Originally, 12 candidates were proposed to the BC membership, and the commission admitted 11 people for hearings (one file was incomplete). Of the 11 candidates, the journalist and politician Valeriu Saharneanu and two former members of the Teleradio-Moldova Supervisory Board, Larisa Călugăru and Alexandru Verșinin, did not go further.

According to the press release of the Parliament, out of the 11 people, seven candidates were elected to be proposed to the Parliament for appointment:

Ruslan Mihalevschi, proposed by the president of Moldova, with recommendations from Petru Macovei, director of the Association of Independent Press, and Anastasia Nani, deputy director of the Independent Journalism Center;

Liliana Vițu-Eșanu, proposed by the Government of Moldova, with recommendations from Iulian Groza, director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms, and Viorica Zaharia, president of the Press Council;

Larisa Turea, proposed by the parliamentary faction of the Action and Solidarity Party, with recommendations from composer Eugen Doga, and Petru Hadârcă, director of the Mihai Eminescu National Theater;

Orest Dabija, proposed by the parliamentary faction of the Action and Solidarity Party, with recommendations from Octavian Sirețeanu, president of the Moldovan Club of Intellectual Games, and Valeria Suruceanu, director of the Chisinau History Museum and president of ICOM Moldova;

Tatiana Crestenco, proposed by the parliamentary faction of the Bloc of Communists and Socialists, with recommendations from Maia Bănărescu, people’s advocate for the rights of the child, and Doina Cazacu, doctor of law;

Ana Gonța, proposed by the Independent Journalism Center (director Nadine Gogu) and the Association of Independent Press (director Petru Macovei);

Eugeniu Rîbca, proposed by the Association of Independent Press (director Petru Macovei) and the public association Media Guard (director Alina Radu).

According to the law, the Broadcasting Council is formed of seven members – one proposed by the president of Moldova, one proposed by the Government of Moldova, three proposed by parliamentary factions, respecting the proportional representation of the parliamentary majority and opposition, and two members proposed by civil society organizations. The members of the Broadcasting Council are appointed by the vote of the majority of MPs for a single term of six years.

The previous members of the BC were dismissed by the Parliament after it rejected the BC’s activity report for 2020. The former head of the BC Ala Ursu-Antoci told Media Azi that she would appeal in court against the Parliament’s decision to dismiss her.