The Ministry of Moldova adopted a law-in-draft released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) last week. The law is to fight with the information about pornography and terrorism.
Anyway the civic society affirms that the project is in fact a censure of Internet. There are many dubious moments in the law and the main thing is that the authorities will be allowed to block any web-sites, check the citizens’ e-mails, read the personal sms, Viber, Telegram and WhatsApp messages.
The provisions that caused indignation
According to agora.md the MIA foresee some modifications in the art.133 from Penal Code which will allow to read personal people’s e-mails, Viber, Skype, WhatsApp and other messages.
Moreover, the authorities want to change the Contravention Code too and to introduce some obligations for the Internet operators. So they will have to filter and archive the traffic of their network for 180 days and to block servers where many sites are stored.
The reaction of the officials
While the civil society and the press was expressing their indignation of new modifications the MIA argued its initiative by the example of European rules.
The Minister of MIA, Alexandru Jizdan, affirmed that the involvement in the private life will be allowed only by a decree of a court:
The object of the amendments is to suppress the sexual abuse of children and pornography. It’s not a censure, all the actions within the law and especially the need to enter the private life will be accomplished after a decree of the court.
The Prime Minister Pavel Filip also mentioned that the project is very useful: "It is an useful and too effective project. It’s important for us to not overdo".
The General Police Inspectorate (GPI) also commented it on. The administration of it organized on April, 4 a press-conference and said that the project is to fight with the pornography and terrorism and everything will be done according to the international agreements.
“The amendments are to ensure the informational security and prevent the violations of the sexual abuse of children’- said Sergiu Tsurkanu, the head of the justice department of the GPI.
The youth’s protests: “We want a free Internet”
Many young people protested against the project. They mentioned that the arguments for the adoption of the law are artificial.
“They defraud the justice, the Parliament, Government, television and now want to steal the last thing the Moldovans possess– the freedom to express our opinion and the private life. Moreover, we don’t trust in our representatives of law and ask: who will assure the fact that out data won’t be used for political and economical purposes? We learned from the thief of billion how the law enforced authorities work”, wrote one of the organizers on the web-site of the protest.
Source: facebook.com/representatives of youth of EPPM
The reaction of the European officials
Jozeph Daul, the chairman of the European Popular Party looked worry about the new law adopted in Chishinau.
According to realitate.md the official that works in the European Parliament wrote in Twitter that politicians in Chishinau have to assure themselves and people that the document keeps the balance between the right for information and the confidentiality: I’m anxious of the new project of the law in Moldova that allows the Government to block the web-sites and access to the e-mail and private messages”, mentioned Joseph Daul.
Moreover ,the law contradicts to the decision of the Court of Justice of EU about the invalidity of laws that oblige the state to collect the citizens’ data for 6 months. The Court decided that the directive violates the right for the protection of personal data.