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Latvian Media Council calls to halt broadcasting of Kremlin-controlled TV channels in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNational Electronic Mass Media Council has announced a request addressed to Latvian state institutions to immediately withdraw broadcasts of television channels that are controlled by the Russian government in Latvia.

‘NEMMC believes a number of Russian television channels controlled by the Russian government have been distributing misleading and hateful information in regard to Latvia for a long time. This is viewed as aimed information aggression within Latvia’s information space. The Council asks responsible Latvian institutions to immediately perform all necessary measures in order to end such activities, which are unacceptable for Latvia’s national interests,’ – as the Council notes in its released statement.

The Council also ‘supports immediate allocation of additional funding for the successful fulfilment of the 2014 public order to promote social cohesion in 2014.’

As it is known, the Saeima faction of the National Alliance has asked the National Security Council and National Security Committee to participate in the search for practical solutions and begin the ‘withdrawal of pro-Kremlin television channels from the offered packages of Lattelecom.’

‘Information contents shown by Kremlin’s funded television channels have become a national security matter. By reporting news on events that currently transpire in Ukraine, these television channels have shown that they should be considered Kremlin’s foreign policy instruments, not media channels,’ – believes the National Alliance.

Chairman of the Saeima’s National Security Council Valdis Zatlers, on the other hand, believes the closure of Russian television channels would not be the right solution in this situation.

He believes society is best protected by democracy and freedom of speech. The state of Latvia even allows the expression of very unpleasant opinions and prohibits the open announcement of other opinions.

‘Censure of any kind is a cork we use to shut our own mouths,‘ – said Zatlers in his interview to Rietumu Radio. ‘We use it thinking we can thereby protect ourselves from foreign, untrue and unpleasant opinions, but censure has no bounds. It may as well censure ourselves.’

Zatlers believes the only reasonable solution would be the popularization of Russian mass media channels that provide much more objective information than ‘Kremlin’s associates’ do.

‘Censure leads to nowhere. We will only deny ourselves information about opinions we do not like. We might forget that such things even exist,’ – adds Zatlers.


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  1. Oddis says:

    A sad day for freedom of speech. I hope this does not happen. You can’t make all you disapprove of illegal. Really really sad that the nationalists have this power.

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  2. Oyvind Ursin Kavag says:

    One should avoid restricting freedom of speech although one may disagree with what is said and written. That especialy goes for countries that were under Sovjet censorship not too many years ago.

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  3. JPR says:

    A clever thing done. Lithuania has done the same with Russian propaganda media. There are limits for freedom of speech

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  4. JPR says:

    Stupid reaction. This is anti-European.

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