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Saeima urges making access to official secrets a requirement for NEPLP members

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOnly people eligible to be provided with permission to access official secrets will be allowed to become members of National Electronic Mass Media Council, as members of Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee decided, urging the parliament to review amendments to the Electronic Mass Media Law on Wednesday, 16 November.

«The media that form Latvia’s information space are an important matter for state security. This is especially important, considering the current geopolitical situation. This is why we need to act in order to secure effective mass media monitoring and supervision system,» – said the committee’s chairman Ritvars Jansons after the meeting.

Last week, the Saeima approved prevention of threats to Latvia’s information space as one of the main priorities of the country’s National Security Concept. As emphasized by Jansons, the planned amendments are necessary to ensure NEPLP is able to achieve its goals and perform its main functions.

NEPLP chairperson Aija Dulevska expressed the council’s support for planned amendments, emphasizing that members of the council often address many matters that require access to official secrets, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

The current redaction of the law states that candidates to become members of NEPLP should be citizens of the Republic of Latvia whose permanent address is registered in Latvia. In addition, candidates have to have higher education, at least five years of either academic or professional experience in mass media, education, culture, science or human rights field and have a good reputation.

Because terms four council members end next year, the Saeima will soon have to pick new members. This is why it is highly important to approve amendments to make sure candidates get a heads-up before applying, said members of the parliament.

The Saeima committee will view proposed amendments on 17 November.

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