Media Security Structural Indicators: The Case of Moldova
- Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
- Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University
- Volume 26, Number 3, Summer 2018
- pp. 365-400
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The paper uses within-case analysis to assess the security of the media space of the Republic of Moldova, one of the least-examined cases in the former Soviet Union, and now on the border with the EU and NATO. Moldova, a relatively new sovereign state with instable governmental institutions, a weak bank system, a high level of corruption, and a weak media market, is particularly vulnerable to aggressive external propaganda and manipulation. This article analyzes the five elements structuring Moldova's media landscape: society, media outlets, media professionals, media bodies, and international networks. It argues that the measures taken to counteract Russian propaganda at both the national and international levels have been ineffective and that it is imperative to take a systemic approach that encompasses legislation, economic possibilities, and civil society scrutiny, coupled with adequate international effort.