In the article "People are indignant of a law, that permits to block websites and check emails” Crime Moldova wrote about the reaction of authorities, youth and European officials on a new law in Moldova.
We remember, the Cabinet of the Republic of Moldova adopted a law-in-draft prepared by the Ministry of Interior, which is aimed for combating child pornography and terrorism. The document contains several provisions that give the authorities the right to block websites, as well as the right to check personal e-mail or SMS, and also allows reading messages in Viber, Telegram or WhatsApp.
The civil society representatives expressed their opinion about the law:
Tatiana Puiu, lawyer, a media expert: “The promotion of these ideas is extremely doubtful. According to what is happening now in Moldova, this law is very far from a priority at this stage. It is necessary to check the risks of corruption, the subject of human rights violations and other vulnerabilities of the law. Some contradictions in it became apparent immediately, for another it is necessary to form a large group of experts. We also need to look at the international practice, in particular at the experience of democratic states".
Vitaly Kelugeryanu, journalist: "The desire to limit the freedom of people states that the government have lost the trust and support of people. If there is no resistance in the society the authorities come to tyranny. The desire of the state to intervene in the information processes is not only dangerous from the point of view of human rights violations. The provisions of the law-in-draft could lead to the danger of someone's life or business. Someone will be able to get any information and this will lead to blackmail and pressure. No wonder that the head of the Information and Security Service rings alarm bells saying that there is a large number of cases when the officials are connected with the criminal world".
Anatol Petrenko, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor: "No matter what kind of policies are now in Moldova, the authorities must comply with EU rules on information activities. We, the people of the Republic of Moldova, can not trust anyone. Even when the authorities try to argue the law rationally and from the standpoint of morality, or in order to combat organized crime, we do not trust them anymore. We can not be sure that the new law won’t be used by the authorities against us and against each other. Currently the law enforcement authorities have the exclusive authority to conduct investigations, so why we should give them more of such powers? The authorities must tell us the situation when they needed these powers in solving crimes and they didn’t have them. This is for us to understand about what they are talking".
Petru Macovei, the executive director of the Independent Press Association: “In the current realities of Moldova the law can lead to multiple cases of abuse of power. We saw how some persons were intimidated or their rights were violated. No one can guarantee that the new provisions will be used only for noble purposes and not for making "shut up" some individuals and media institutions. While there are similar risks, the law-in-draft can not be accepted, even if it is "beautifully packaged" in the explanations of the protection of children and etc. It would be nice to begin from sending the provisions of the law to the examination of the relevant European organizations".