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Government liquidates state-funded Russian-language newspaper

Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev announced on 18 May that the government has decided to liquidate the state company publishing the Russian-language newspaper "Nezavisimaya Moldova". Tarlev said the decision was taken so that the government media should no longer be financed from the budget, unlike other publications.

On 19 May, the Chisinau municipal council decided to withdraw its financial support for the city's Info-Prim news agency. Members of the council from the Communist and Christian Democratic Popular party supported the decision, saying that it was too expensive for the city to maintain the news agency. They called instead for developing the municipal radio station Antena C and EuroTV television channel. Info-Prim Director Valeriu Vasilica said that the council's decision was an act of reprisal by the two political parties.

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