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NEMC penalizes piece.lv radio for offensive expressions

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On 30 July, National Electronic Media Council unanimously voted in favour of applying a fine on Latvijas Radio – EUR 8,000 – for voicing offensive expressions during a broadcast of “Pilnīgs Vakars”, a programme of Latvijas Radio 5 – Pieci.lv radio.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring an inspection of audio recordings of Pilnīgs Vakars for 14th, 21st and 28th April; 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th May; 2nd and 9th June, NEMC heard offensive expressions being voiced during the programme.

NEMC decided that the aforementioned audio records of the aforementioned programme contain breaches of Part 2 of Section 66 of Electronic Mass Media Law, as well as administrative breach of Part 5 of section 201.5 of Latvian Code of Administrative Violations. In its explanations, LR does not deny the fact that there was offensive content in the aforementioned audio records of the radio programme.

LR has made the following conclusions:

-considering the objective of Pilnīgs Vakars programme, the range of age of its audience and rules set by Latvijas Radio 5 and the very point of the particular section of the programme, it would seem the programme does not sufficiently follow specific guidelines for quality content;

-the warning that is usually voiced prior to the beginning of that particular part of the programme cannot be considered sufficient effort to secure adequate work by LR as a media.

-LR notes content quality assessments will be carried out regularly during programme preparations. This includes addition of regulations regarding the use of obscene words and offensive expressions in order to raise the bar for content quality and content quality supervision.

With reference to a statement from the State Language Agency, NEMC has concluded that use of offensive language is not acceptable with requirements of LR Code of Conduct, as the use of offensive expressions in order to express dissatisfaction with something or offend someone is not acceptable within established norms of decency.

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