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Opinion: local media in Daugavpils are corrupt

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Now that we constantly face new and more elaborate security risks, concerns tend to increase about the fight for people’s minds in the information space. This is why the bar for professional journalists should be held high. Baltic Centre for Media Excellence plays an important role in all this,» said chairman of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee Ojars Eriks Kalnins after the meeting.

Saeima’s press-service reports that the director of the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence Rita Rudusa was invited to the meeting to report on the centre’s work

Rudusa told deputies that Latvia does not have legislative measures to combat fake news and corrupt media. Changes have to be added there, said the centre’s director, adding that media serve as an important aspect for state security.

«The situation for Latvian media is nothing short of critical in Daugavpils – local media are corrupt, their content is openly sold, and the buyer comes from Russia. What is particularly worrying is that Latvian content often does not reach residents in Daugavpils,» says Rudusa.

The idea to create Baltic Centre for Media Excellence appeared immediately after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Rudusa said. The centre helps journalists improve the professional skills and create a public media mindset. It also performs different researchers about the media market and reachable audience. For example, the centre studies how Russian propaganda reaches people and affects opinions about Latvia, Radusa said.

She said the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence is a resource and knowledge platform the goal of which is coming up with new and more constructive journalistic approaches. Answering deputies’ questions, Rudusa explained that the centre also offers to share its experience with legislators.

When deputies asked about the reasons why Latvian media are mostly dominated by negative news, the centre’s director said that such a situation is not unique to Latvia. She said it can be explained with attempts by different media to compete for views.

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