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In Moldova, Internews’ Corina Cepoi is concerned about the economic viability of independent media outlets, but also their freedom to report.
Partners mainly need financial support – advertising has dried up for independent media, who operate without government funding in the country – but Cepoi also fears how far information access will be restricted in a state of emergency.
“There is no possibility to ask questions of officials. There is no access to information as it would normally be,” said Cepoi. “We need pressure on our governments, to not overstate the state of emergency, and allow media to operate, to inform the public.”
“I hope that we would all mobilize and find ways to support our media partners, to support the public so they can get reliable and trustworthy information.”
The pandemic crisis is also an information crisis, and journalists are the first responders. In an emergency, information saves lives. Please help those on the information front line.
(Banner photo: From a photo camp for Moldovan youth. Credit: Gheorghe Gustei/Internews)