Bias TV station shut down in Moldova
The broadcasting license of Moldova’s NIT TV was withdrawn today after a decision of the Broadcasting Coordination Council. According to the institution, the TV station did not respect the rule of opinion plurality.
The NIT team is dissatisfied with the decision of the Council.
“NIT TV station was the target of the Broadcasting Coordination Council right after the change of power in 2009 when more fines and bans to broadcast commercials were applied,” informs NIT on their official webpage.
The media outlet is biased favoring the Communist Party of Moldova. It has repeatedly been fined for non-compliance with the Broadcasting rules. One such transgression was neglecting to include Romanian subtitles with their journalistic reports and movies which were mostly broadcasted in Russian.
Seven members of the Council voted in favor while two voted against the withdrawal of the license. Corneliu Mihalache is one of the members of the Council who voted against and left the session.
“It is a political decision which came from the main leadership. This decision might strengthen the politicians’ resolve to shut down all the media outlets which are inconvenient to the leadership,” Corneliu Mihalache said.
NIT channel broadcasted in Moldova since 1997 having a national coverage.