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Deputies propose forming a new Public Media Council, preserving NEPLP as a regulator

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn a discussion, deputies emphasized the role of an efficient public broadcasters management model in strengthening the media environment, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

On Tuesday, 28 March, Saeima hosted a discussion titled ‘Latvian public media – stable pillars of democracy’. Deputies, journalists and industry experts analysed the possible management model for public broadcasters.

‘We discussed the project for public media management model Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee has proposed,’ said the committee’s chairperson Inese Laizane.

Lolita Cigane, member of the human rights committee, notes that a long road has been covered about what is necessary to strengthen the media space and form a capable media policy. «It is important for Latvia to have powerful public media. They will be strong once it is clear which policy we agree upon».

«We can write all kinds of concepts, but Saeima is the institution that approves laws and amendments. To make sure concepts do not remain solely on paper, and we can safely gaze at the future and speak of sustainable public media, we need a new law,» Cigane said.

Saeima’s press-service told BNN that Laizane presented attendees of the discussion with proposals for the management model. As noted by the chairperson of the human rights committee, one of the main goals of the reform is preventing conflicts of interest, considering that the National Electronic Mass Media Council is focused on management of public media and has no time for strategic management of the entire industry.

Laizane mentioned that the existing legislation is outdated. The matter of public media management has been topical since 2009, but it was a complicated post-crisis period for Latvia. Because of that, no supervisory institution was created to manage public media.

International practices were considered in the search for the most appropriate management model. The parliament reports that, in addition to a new law – Public Media Law – it is also necessary to create a new independent institution while also preserving NEPLP as a regulator and competent institution to handle matters of development and organize discussions, Laizane added.

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