Investigative journalists must convince the authorities that they are addressing topics of public interest, when requesting information. This opinion was expressed by Sergiu Bozianu, director of the Center for Personal Data Protection. The statement was made during the show "Today's Point" on TVR Moldova.
According to the official, it is the journalists’ fault if they are denied their requests for information, "Information requests have a dry content. Journalists should provide a brief description of the topic, to ensure that the information provider be convinced that the investigation will be of public interest."
Bozianu argued that some information on private life of state dignitaries could be used in other interests, "For example, a journalist asks from the border police information about a particular state official, whether he crossed the border in a certain period of time, by what people he was accompanied. The border police must know in what context that information will be used."
Present at the show, journalist Vitalie Calugareanu said that Bozianu's statement is inappropriate. "To produce an investigative article, journalists gather evidence. I don’t see how they would briefly describe the subject. This would lead to leakage of information, the subjects of journalistic investigations could be warned, which would jeopardize the investigation, "the journalist said.
According to Calugareanu, investigative journalism has increased in the Republic of Moldova, which alarmed corrupted officials and the authorities invent all kinds of restrictions to protect them.