Media as weapons

Moldova’s media are diverse but extremely polarised, like the country itself, which is characterised by chronic political instability and the excessive influence of its oligarchs. The editorial line of the leading media outlets correlates closely with the political and business interests of their owners, a problem that is particularly striking during election campaigns. The media empire built by former billionaire and Democratic Party boss Vladimir Plahotniuc has lost its influence but has been quickly replaced by a media group affiliated to the Democratic Party’s rival, the pro-Russian Party of Socialists. Politicians and authorities often intimidate and harass journalists, while the recurring problem of access to information was exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ownership concentration and the lack of editorial independence and quality journalism are therefore major challenges for Moldova’s media. As media outlets battle with each other in a climate exacerbated by political polarisation, the broadcasting regulatory authority’s lack of independence continues to be a source of concern.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



91 in 2020

Global score


31.16 in 2020


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2022
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