Prin democraţie înţeleg că ea îi conferă celui mai slab dintre noi aceleaşi şanse ca şi celui mai puternic. Mahatma Gandhi

Press release

Thursday, 24 December 2009, Center for Analysis and Prevention of Corruption (CAPC) launches the report:" Citizens call at hot-line: 3 years against corruption, with courage and civic responsibility." It is the second report of this kind of CAPC and contains findings on the project :"Media Education and awareness against corruption", implemented with financial support from the British Embassy in Chisinau, in the period April 2007-December 2009.

The report finds a worrying inefficiency of corruption hot lines set up by the Government, and from this reason, the civil society anti-corruption hot-lines, will remain an alternative, requested by Moldovan citizens.

In 31 months of activity of anti-corruption hot-line 92-79-79 were offered free legal advices to nearly 3000 people in over 5000 calls. Approximately 20% of these were related to corruption, and 80% to other negative phenomena, which people confuse with the manifestations of corruption. The highest probability of a correct understanding of corruption phenomena is presented by young people aged under 25, students and public employees, aged up to 40 years, so, just the least willing to announce about an act of corruption.

The profile of the person available to communicate an act of corruption remains the same as in 2007 : it is rather a man with an age between 41 and 60 years, being employed in the private sector.

Younger generation of country shows an increased understanding of corruption, but is too indifferent to denounce it, while mature population, although are not indifferent to corruption and wants to talk about it, with advancing in age, confuses it more often with other negative social phenomena.

The most common violations of corruption, communicated through the hot-line 92-79-79, were certified in the domains of: education (27%), private sector (16%), police (14%), ministries and other central authorities (11%), medicine (11%), local governments (10%), justice and law (8%) and customs (3%). Most speakers expressed the feeling of fear from the authorities and the possibilities of working with them.