An English-language blog on current affairs in the Republic of Moldova.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Ion Muruianu, made the following statement at today's annual general meeting of judges:
"The mass media is a rabid dog and presents a danger to all of society"
I am the first to agree that the media is capable of distorting issues and pulling them way out of context. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and should be used responsibly.
On the other hand the media plays a central & critical role in any democratic society. It informs. It entertains. Most important of all, it investigates. It is a powerful tool for uncovering wrongdoing in the other three 'estates' - the legislative, the executive and the judiciary.
For the country's leading judge to make a statement so damning of such an important democratic institution is extraordinary. It either reveals how little he understands about the function of the media in a democracy (bad enough), or (even worse) it reveals how little he cares for the establishment of a true democracy in Moldova.
Either way, he's got to go. We can't suffer fools in such an important position as this.