Moldovan press is pretty partial in covering post-election situation
Moldova's printed mass media are covering fairly differently the current post-election situation in the republic, and appear to be not free from political partiality.
Upon carrying out a review of the main Moldovan publications this week, your Infotag correspondent arrived at a conclusion that the Jurnal de Chisinau daily newspaper, coming out in the Romanian language and being a part of the Jurnal Trust Media that includes also the JurnalTV channel, is overtly sympathizing with the three election-winner parties of the governing Alliance for European Integration. On November 30, for instance, the paper published an article in the editor's column headlined "Moldova is Getting Greener", in which the author offered an definitely biased assessment of election results, regretting that although the democratic forces have polled altogether more than the Communist Party, the Communists' positions are remaining quite strong.
The article headlined "We Need to Work Much Yet" confirmed the publication's partial attitude to the Alliance. Its author admits that "the old folks vote for the Communists under the influence of 100 grams of vodka in the morning". The newspaper described in bright colors the atmosphere which reigned in the LDPM headquarters upon hearing the results of the November 28 exit poll, which gave more votes to the Liberal Democratic Party than to the Communists.
"Everybody was shouting over phones that the LDPM had defeated the Communists. Motorists in the streets were signaling and crying out congratulations", and the situation in the Communist Party headquarter was described in gloomy tones: A coffin-like silence, hopelessness, fear and uncertainty and the like.
"Moldova Defeats Communism", "Moldovans Have Saved Moldova", "Under Rain, Snow and in Deadly Weather Moldovans Voted for Changes" - such were the headlines of the articles that appeared in the first post-election issue of the Timpul [Time] newspaper of Chisinau [as a matter of fact, the weather was excellent last Sunday - bright sun, cloudless sky, quite warm, with rain starting only on the following Monday, and snow on Wednesday], whose Editor-in-Chief is Constantin Tanase, the father of the First Deputy Chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party, Moldovan Minister of Justice Alexandru Tanase. Timpul wrote that the exit poll results were more optimistic than the election results heard several hours afterwards, when it became clear that the Communists received over 10% ballots more than the Liberal Democrats, nor to mention other parties.
The newspaper's sympathy for the LDPM can be seen from another article, "Do They Want to Sell Us?" whose author is bewildered by the fact that the weaker AEI parties [Democratic and Liberal] are blackmailing the Liberal Democrats, who have received 32 mandates in the new Parliament.
The Timpul reiterated its fundamental anti-communist profile in an article headlined "Nobody and Nothing Can Bring Us Back into the Communist Swamp", in which the author is trying to convince its readers that the Democratic Party will not agree to form an alliance with the Communists: "The Democratic Party has quite enough soberly-minded politicians who realize that Voronin is a stone on the nation's neck. The DP maintains contacts with foreign parties that regard Voronin as the last living dictator in Europe, on whose conscience are political and economic crimes, and even the physical annihilation of opponents after April 5, 2009", Nicolae Lungu wrote in his article on December 1.
Timpul is renowned also for its ardently pro-Romanian and xenophobic anti-Russian outlooks, which can be seen e.g. in the December 2 issue, where one could read the following characteristic: "The identikit of a mankurt Moldovan [mankurt is a person oblivious of his origin and home; в‰€ zombie, manipulated person] is so simple: he was born after 1940 and has been manufactured according to the law of a devilish [communist] ideology - at school he studied the 'Moldavian language' based on the Cyrillic alphabet, studied the History of the USSR and the Russian language, which was imposed on him from the first class. He sang Russian songs glorifying the light communist future, the friendship of the Soviet peoples, the Russian brother who has brought sunlight, whereas the Romanians were imposed on him as fascists and occupants".
The author is calling to a "revolution of mentality" but regrets that, so far, "the Moldovans are widely perceived and used as a guaranteed, reliable electoral material in its pre-revolutionary phase".
Moldova's Russian-language press is not devoid of partiality, either. Unlike their Romanian-language colleagues who present positively the probable alliance of Right forces, these mass media are advocating - directly and indirectly - a would-be possible Left-Centrist coalition.
The Nezavissimaya Moldova [Independent Moldova] daily newspaper, which overtly backs the Communist Party, was coming out for 2 days after the elections with crying headlines like "The Regime Has Rigged the Elections", and published the Communist Party's explanations and arguments that the elections abounded in violations and fraud. Unlike pro-AEI papers that offer diverse scenarios of the shaping of post-election coalitions, the Nezavissimaya Moldova does not do this. The only article presenting the MCP's stance was signed by former Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy Igor Dodon, who wrote on his party's behalf that the MCP stands ready for negotiations, and has a considerable part of the Moldovan electorate standing behind it.
Dodon wrote, "Currently, it is urgently necessary to form all structures of the Parliament and a functional, efficient Government, so that to subsequently proceed to achieving a consensus on electing President".
The Nezavissimaya Moldova's political twin brother is the Moldova Suverana Romanian-language daily newspaper, a half of whose volume accounts for materials provided by the pro-Communist Omega news agency. The newspaper wrote this week, "The MCP is ready to form a parliamentary majority and a government of national trust".
Unlike them, the Moldavskiye Vedomosti [Moldovan News] Russian-language newspaper presented a fairly weighted, balanced picture of the post-election situation. The publication presumes that Vladimir Filat has sound grounds to put forward firmly his party's requirements to be met with the future parliamentary allies, though the paper remarks that the MCP has analogous grounds, too, so "these two shall become the locomotives of negotiations about parliamentary coalitions, and shall be putting forward conditions - primarily to the Democratic Party".
At saying so, the Moldavskiye Vedomosti is warning against forgetting such a dark horse as DP parliamentary candidate Vladimir Plahotniuc, and is offering the following probable variant: "The Plahotniuc/Voronin formula is complicated but possible. The Plahotniuc/Filat formula seems less promising".
The Moldovan subdivision of the Kommersant [an influential Moscow newspaper] presumes that the Democratic Party has reasons for making a deal with the Communists. Quoting Dr. Vyacheslav Igrunov, Director of the Russian Institute of Humanitarian and Political Researches, the Kommersant Moldova wrote, "In order to create a sustainable majority in the Moldovan Parliament and to elect President, a coalition of the Democratic and Communist Parties will suffice, and the republic will then receive a substantially reliable government that will be easy to bargain with in Moscow, too... Russia is primarily interested in preventing the nationalists, i.e., the Filat-headed coalition, from coming into power".
The Kommersant Moldova is thus gently orienting its readers to the possibility of an alliance between the Communist Party and the Democratic Party, but says this will be difficult to achieve, and refers to the recent saying by Christian Democratic Popular Party leader Iurie Rosca, who presumes that "pressure from the West will be put on Marian Lupu".
A detailed analysis of the post-election situation in Moldova was proposed by the Kishinevskii Obozrevatel [Chisinau Observer] Russian-language daily newspaper. In its commentary headlined "How to Divide the Pie?" the publication proposed 4 possible scenarios: (1) the most utopian one - a Union of the Four, which is impossible in principle because Ghimpu and Voronin cannot and will not be together - never; (2) almost utopian - a union of the Communists and the Liberal Democrats, which would guarantee political stability but would be pernicious for the images of both parties; (3) rebirth of the Alliance for European Integration, which may fractionalize the DP in a distant perspective and, hence, should be advantageous for it as for the holder of the 'golden key'; and (4) the union of the MCP and DP - a variant far from the easiest one, but one giving Marian Lupu a chance to become President of Moldova and receive for his party almost a half of ministerial portfolios.Infotag