Hyde Park is a nongovernmental
organisation, founded on May 11th 2003, registered on June 13th
with nr. 2661 at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova.
As main goals has the promotion of the freedom of expression and
the right to be informed impartialy. NGO's postal adress is MD
2000, PB 1, Chisinau. Contact telephone: + 373 693 508 94
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discussing this case. In colaboration with other press and
human rights NGOs we intend to bring together all involved
persons and institutions. Who and why exactly closed the
radio Hyde Park, that's what we want to know!
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"Hyde Park" broadcast program suspension -
a proof of Bolshevik tyranny against the freedom of expression
According to Art.19 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights : "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion
and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without
interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas
through any media and regardless of frontiers." In unison with
this guarantees, Art.32.1 of the Republic of Moldova's Constitution
stipulates that " the each citizen is being guaranteed the
freedom of thinking, of having an opinion and also the freedom of
public expression through words, images or every other possible
way", while Art.4.1 specifies that "Constitutional statements
concerning human rights and freedoms are being interpreted and applied
in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with
pacts and other treaties Republic of Moldova is a part at."
Especially these above mentioned civic constitutional rights aren't
tolerated by the communists, who are looking for annihilating them
through all kinds of legislative acts and tricks. Proof to this
is the recent voting by the Parliament ruled by communists, of the
Law Project on extremism control, under which incidence may fall
every word or inconvenient opinion.
A "rostrum" for the free expression of the citizens' opinions
and beliefs was the broadcast night show "Hyde Park".
At the night time people use to sleep and recharge their work capacities
for the new day and only those interested listen to this program
waiting for their turn to get by phone on air for expressing their
points of view. Such listeners were thousands upon thousands. On
that program were debated and discussed various and the most pressing
issues of the economical, social-political, cultural Republic's
Citizens were trying to estimate the activity of the State bodies
and of the all levels leaders; was debated the political parties'
role in the Society, Communist Party being especially discussed.
The daring and lashing vices' critics of the all levels leaders,
irrespective of their political allegiance, disturbs those referring
to, for they are "great and strong" just only through
the positions they hold and not by intelligence, competence, professionalism
and morale purity.
Enclosing themselves by a circle of laws made by them for protecting
their caste's interests, they think of themselves beyond any critic
and threat with these laws those many and oppressed when they try
to defend their legal rights, asking for a decent level of life,
self-respect and national dignity, removal of the Russian yoke;
Romanian people, that are the majority in the RM, ask for the Romanian
nation and its historical legally owned territories reunifying.
People also ask for respecting the hosting law by the arrived aliens.
From the authorities they ask for their constitutional right of
the freedom of _expression of the above mentioned and other opinions,
to be guaranteed.
Free, active mode of the public discussions on air at "Hyde
Park" of all these problems was disturbing those governing,
so they have tried to intimidate the speakers and also the organizing
staff. The program moderator, Mr. Oleg Brega and the radio "Antena
C"director, Mr. Ion Bunduchi, were summoned by the Prosecutor
and State Security Service.
The "Antena C" radio was demanded to solve the traced
out problems and its director, Mr. Ion Bunduchi, was told that in
case of non-complying, the radio will be withdraw its broadcasting
license. Being present at the meeting, Mr. Ion Bunduchi affirmed
that "Hyde Park" is a necessary program, but on the 19th
of June he was the one that forbade "Hyde Park" getting
Even if in the CCA decision are being made references to the supreme
law and other normative acts, it defies in the most insolent way
the statements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
the RM's Constitution regarding the freedom of expression guaranteed
right. According to the international legislation CCA's objections
are groundless and the sanction (for which have voted the President
of CCA and other two members) applied to the municipal radio post
is considered to be illegal.
The "Hyde Park" shutting down has deprived thousands of
radio listeners of the right to be informed and to the freedom of
expression. The unjustified charges brought up to the speakers and
moderator can serve as a base for a trial and in the condition that
justice in RM can not provide for the law observance, the citizens
are motivated to go out in the street for manifesting their dissatisfaction.
On the base of the above mentioned facts, the participants at the
protest march ask for:
The CCA to, unconditionally, overrule its decision dated with the
16th of June regarding " Hyde Park" program, for the radio
"Antena C" to be able to set it back on air in the initial
format and with the same moderator.
In case that these provisions won't be satisfied, the signatory
NGO's will initiate the process for CCA to be summoned for the flagrant
breachement of the thousands of listeners' legal rights.
Participants at the protest march mention as regrettable the fact
that Journalists' Union, other mass-media and human rights' defense
aimed NGOs didn't take an official firm attitude towards this case,
exception making the Helsinki Committee.
We call the mass-media representatives to solidarise for riposting
to the censorship and pressure. Together they'll be able to defend
more efficiently their professional and civic rights.
The present declaration is being delivered for informing and taking
of attitude to the President of the RM , CCA ( Audio-visual's Coordinative
Council ), Moldova Journalists' Union, mass-media representatives.
The 23rd of August, 2003
The Anti-Pact Molotov-Ribbentrop NGO's Alliance
Prof. Dr. in history Iacob Golovca
The President of the Civic Association for the Abolition of the
Consequences of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Oleg Brega President of Hyde Park NGO