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Press release. Specifications on the Constitutional Court’s judgment concerning certain provisions on sanctions applied by the National Broadcasting Council
Considering the information published by some media outlets, which attempt to connect the case of closing the TV station NIT with the Court's judgment from 6 December 2012 on certain provisions pertaining to the sanctions applied by the National Broadcasting Council (NBC), the Court informs on the following:
The legal norms challenged by the MP Sergei Sîrbu, examined by the Constitutional Court on 6 December 2012, have been passed by the Parliament on 13 April 2012 (Law № 84), entering into force on 29 May 2012, following its publication in the Official Gazette. However, NBC's decision on NIT channel has been issued on 5 April 2012, meaning prior to having passed the challenged norm.
In this context, aiming at fairly informing the public, the Court makes the specification that the challenged legal norms have never been applied in the case of license withdrawal from NIT. Therefore, there is no connection between the case examined on 6 December 2012 by the Constitutional Court and the case pending before the Court of Appeal Chişinău with regards to license withdrawal from NIT, the two files dealing with different matters. As a matter of fact, the Constitutional Court has no competence in examining concrete litigations, which is under the competence of common law courts. It only operates with the abstract review of the constitutionality of the challenged norms.
The Constitutional Court informs the public opinion that the declaration on the alleged connection between the two files is pure fiction and regrets that certain public figures make use of disinformation for political aims.
NOTE: The Constitutional Court urges media outlets to reflect with due diligence its judgments, based on their official content available on the webpage www.constcourt.md.
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