On 1 July 2020, footage showing the MP having an inappropriate reaction appeared in a social media network. To be more precise, as response to the questions asked by the reporter Natalia Ghetiu, the MP used licentious language that impinged on her honour and dignity as a human being, and violated the behavioural norms generally accepted in a democratic society.
The signatory organizations are indignant at this situation and believe this is an inappropriate behaviour for a person in public position, particularly for an exponent of the legislative power..
We demand that the Member of Parliament, Anatolie Labunet, make a public apology to the TV8 reporter, Natalia Ghitu, and use decent language and behaviour, and that he refrain in the future from behaving in any way that is intolerant in relation to journalists and mass-media institutions.
We would also like to call on the leadership of the Parliament and of the PSRM faction to record this inappropriate behaviour of Anatol Labunet and take penalising action against him.
Independent Journalism Center
Association of Independent Press
Environment and Ecotourism Journalists’ Association
Center for Investigative Journalism
Association of Independent TV Journalists
Association of Electronic Press
Press Freedom Committee