Moldova court suspends president over Russian media bill

From BBC - January 5, 2018

Moldova's top court has suspended President Igor Dodon after he vetoed a bill aimed at stopping Russian news broadcasts.

It is the third time that the court has suspended Mr Dodon in three months.

Supporters of the bill say that it would reduce "propaganda" spread by pro-Russian media outlets.

But President Dodon said it was a "blatant act of encroachment on freedom of information."

Moldova has long been caught in a political tug-of-war between Russia and the European Union (EU).

The "anti-propaganda" bill proposes prohibiting rebroadcasts of Russian TV news programmes and introducing hefty fines for organisations that fail to comply.


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