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Saeima committee approves the dismissal of Dimants as head of NCEM

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, 2 July, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee approved the initiative to dismiss the head of the National Council for Electronic Media Ainars Dimants from his post. The dismissal of three other members of the board was declined by the committee.

Considering the proposal of Saeima Legal Affairs Office, the committee has decided to divide the proposal submitted by politicians of the coalition and opposition in regard to the dismissal of four board members of NCEM into four initiatives.

The committee did not support the initiative to dismiss three other board members of NCEM – Aija Dulevska, Dainis Mjartans and Ivars Zviedris. In accordance with rules of internal procedure, the Saeima will have to decide on each of the four initiatives separately.

As it is known, leaders of Unity, Union of Greens and Farmers, Latvian Regional Alliance and To Latvia from the Heart submitted a document the Saeima Praesidium on 17 June, in which they stand in favour of dismissing the aforementioned members of the board of NCEM. The Saeima Praesidium forwarded this this request to the Human Rights Committee, which reviewed it on 2 July.

This initiative was launched by LRA. It was, however, signed by other party leaders – Solvita Aboltina, Augusts Brigmanis, Dainis Liepins and Inguna Sudraba.

Deputies criticize NCEM’s decision in regard to the approval of Radio Skonto+ programme, making it a Russian radio station. With that, NCEM lost the trust of Saeima deputies in regard to the competence of members of the board and their ability to make appropriate decisions.

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