On January 4, the BC monitored the main news bulletins of national audiovisual media service providers in Moldova on how they covered the fight that took place at a nightclub in Chisinau.
A total of 13 national media service providers were targeted: Moldova 1, Moldova 2, Publika TV, Prime, Primul in Moldova, TVR Moldova, TV6, Canal 2, Canal 3, TV8, NTV Moldova, Jurnal TV and Pro TV Chisinau. According to the BC monitoring report, the subject was covered by TV8, TV6, Pro TV Chisinau, Canal 2, Canal 3, Prime and Publika TV. The monitoring showed that TV8 correctly processed images and sounds, while on TV6, “the violent actions of the aggressor can be observed.” Pro TV Chisinau, “broadcast video footage showing the victim being repeatedly kicked while sitting on the stairs of the premises, trying to cover herself with her hands, and the images are accompanied by cries of distress from the victim.” In reports on Channel 2, Channel 3, Prime and Publika TV it was found that the image of the victim was also technically processed, but the assailant’s actions are not processed in the same way. Moreover, the video footage was broadcast repeatedly, and the TV stations aired the same footage on another day.
Following the debates, the members of the BC decided to sanction Pro TV Chisinau and Canal 3 with 15,000 lei (750 euro) each, and TV6, Canal 2, Prime and Publika TV with 10,000 lei (500 euro) each. The maximum fines were imposed on the two broadcasters for repeated infringements in the same area.
On January 4, in a nightclub in the Ciocana sector of the capital, according to the police, a 30-year-old man was beaten and taken to hospital for medical care. The assailant, a Tiktoker from Chisinau, has been identified and a criminal case has been opened.