The Tiraspol Times (via) reports that for more than a month, listeners in Moldova have not been able to listen to the Antena C radio station after the broadcaster was was silenced by the Moldovan government on December 16.

In mid-December, the popular Chisinau-based public radio station Antena C went off the air, and it is doubtful if the countrys authorities will ever allow the signal to be restored.

The worldwide Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, which is based in New York issued a highly critical statement deploring the suspension of Antena C. The station, which frequently aired reports critical of the government, has been off the air for more than a month, and local sources said they fear it is part of an official clampdown on news ahead of May elections.

Broadcasting was interrupted at 3:00pm on December 16th while the station was airing a critical report of a government plan to privatize Antena C and the television station Euro TV. Antena C journalists had also recently protested the authorities’ decision to change the station’s management; Veceaslav Sitnic, former chief editor for the government radio station Radio Moldova, had been named the new director.

Police turned up at the station at 2:00am the following morning, searched the building and forced the employees to leave.