Legal Assistance

Legal assistance offered to media professionals as counseling or as representation in court is a service that was one basis for founding the Independent Journalism Center. The service first appeared when abuse against journalists was a regular occurrence. The professional competence that IJC lawyers have demonstrated over the years and the fact that this service is free of charge means it is always in demand by media institutions.

Legal Counseling

Journalists and media organizations in the Republic of Moldova can contact the Independent Journalism Center for free, specialized consultations provided by our lawyers. Counseling may be offered in relation to any issue related to media legislation and journalists’ rights and obligations. Journalists whose rights have been breached, whose access to information of public interest has been restricted, or whose right to free speech has been violated can contact us by telephone or by e-mail.

Representation in Court

Journalists and media organizations that have no legal services of their own and whose resources are insufficient may request representation in court in the Republic of Moldova if necessary. As a rule, IJC representation is for cases that constitute or may result in serious breaches of freedom of expression or of the right of access to information. If you need our assistance, please file a written request to the IJC enclosing all relevant documents regarding the existing dispute (summons, previous court decisions, and other relevant documents). For more information on the documentation to be submitted, please consult the  Regulation on Free Representation of Persons in Court.

A Lawyer for the Press

In 2018, IJC launched a column titled  A Lawyer for the Press in which the IJC lawyer informs journalists about useful legal solutions for relevant problems media representatives face on a daily basis.