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Denmark to support media freedom in Moldova

12.10.2021  14:12
Denmark has launched a programme in support of free media in Moldova through the New Democracy Fund. The programme will promote media freedom and support Moldova in the fight against disinformation with 1.5 million DKK.

Today, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced the new Danish media programme during a telephone conversation with Nicu Popescu, Moldova's new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"The new programme provides important assistance to the forces in Moldova that safeguard fundamental values such as freedom of expression and media freedom. Free and independent media are a cornerstone of any democracy. In numerous places across the world, we are witnessing the crackdown on and denial of rights of investigative journalists by undemocratic forces. Unfortunately, this is also happening in our own neighbourhood. Denmark neither will nor can stand idly by," said Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.

Today, Moldova has a reform-oriented president and government. This offers hope for progress in the country's fight against corruption and oligarchy as well as for the strengthening of democratic institutions.

The Danish media programme aims to strengthen the media landscape in Moldova as well as civil society and the engagement of citizens in democracy and governance. In particular, the programme will focus on capacity building of regional media, including media in Gagauzia, Transnistria, Tarklia and Beltsy. Activities will be supported that assist in increasing the level of professionalism and train journalists in investigative journalism. The programme is implemented by the Danish NGO IMS - International Media Support.