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Moldovan Police Probe Bogus Newspaper Editions


The real thing? "Ziarul de Garda"

The real thing? "Ziarul de Garda"

CHISINAU -- Police in Moldova are trying to determine who was behind the publication last week of bogus editions of two leading newspapers, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

The fake editions of "Timpul" and "Ziarul de Garda" contained virulent attacks on the country's pro-Western ruling coalition, which will be facing off against the Communist opposition in local elections on June 5.

Interior Ministry spokesman Chiril Motpan told RFE/RL on May 11 that the police were doing "all they can" to find out who was responsible, but warned that it would not be easy to do so. He said the newspapers might have been printed at an illegal printing house or abroad.

Moldova's Central Electoral Commission has asked the Interior Ministry to find out who was behind the fake editions before the June 5 poll, but police told RFE/RL the investigation might take longer.
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