EUROPE – MOLDOVA – ADVERTISING AND INFLUENCE
In Moldova, the ruling parties openly use public funds to buy broadcasting time and space in newspapers, according to a report by the Media Law Institute, based in Ukraine.
The parties usually prefer to advertise in public rather than private papers, as they charge below market prices. In return, public newspapers respect the unwritten rule not to criticise parties that provide financial support. As a result, private newspapers find themselves subject to unfair competition for advertising, while journalists working for national newspapers find themselves under pressure to censor their views.
Source: Media Law Institute (Ukraine)