The mayor of Balti, Renato Usatii, became the enemy of the press. Such a conclusion was made by the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) after a conversation between Renato Usatii and the journalist from Publika TV.
I ask you, next time don’t come to the meeting of the Balti Municipal Council
Reporters from the Independent Journalism Center posted on site media-azi.md the conversation between the mayor of Balti and journalist from Publika TV, who wanted to attend the public meetings of the Municipal Council:
Renato Usatii: «I ask you, next time don’t come to the meeting of the Balti Municipal Council…»
Journalist from Publika TV: «You can’t forbid us to come, and you can’t ask us about it, the meetings are open».
Renato Usatii: «If you are going to transfer the right things, no problem…But when you do so, as you do… I understand that Plahotniuc used to work in the style of porn… We broadcast all meeting live, if you show all meeting online, no problem… I want to tell you one thing, porn channels here will no longer invade…»
Journalist from Publika TV: «Do you forbid us to work here? »
Renato Usatii: «I tell you again, I will do my best that this criminal TV would be nationalized and work for the benefit of the people and not for Plahotniuc SRL and the things you still do. »
Journalist from Publika TV: «Don’t let us through the door, we enter through the window, mister mayor, it is our job».
We remind that «Press Enemy» – is a rubric that shows the cases when state officials - in Moldova or abroad - intimidate Media representatives by profanity, behaving aggressively or restrict access to information and freedom of expression.