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Several media-related people become candidates in municipal elections in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAmong candidates that intend to participate in the upcoming municipal elections in Latvia are several people who are closely associated with the media environment. Not all of them, however, have direct ties to journalist work.

According to the code of ethics of Latvian Association of Journalists, if a journalist decides to participate in elections as a political candidate, they have to cease professional activities. Journalists are not allowed to join organizations that could potentially prevent them from performing their professional duty, as mentioned in the code of ethics.

For example, one of the candidates registered with the list of the National Alliance in Jurmala is Zigmunds Bekmanis, editor and journalist from Lauku Avīze.

The list of candidates submitted by Latvian Social Democrats movement ‘For Independent Latvia!’ has among its candidates journalist Levs Berezins, who, according to information available on the internet, is associated with Russian portal www.qazeta.net, which positions itself as an analytical information centre.

This party also has illustrator and journalist Maris Jurjans, as well as pensioner journalist Arkadijs Karijevs, who was once associated with Radio PIK. This political force also has activist Janis Kuzins, who is Radio Jurmala’s project manager.

In Sigulda, the joint list formed by Latvian Association of Regions and National Alliance features Riga Apriņķa Avīze’s journalist Marta Dzintare. In Lielvarde, translator of LETA Media Monitoring Department Anda Bimbere is part of the list of candidates presented by Latvian Farmers Union.

In Burtnieki, the list of candidates of Latvian Association of Regions features Sportacentrs.com sports journalist and commentator Emils Ozerinskis. National Alliance’s list in Liepaja features Latvijas Radio weather news journalist Daumants Vidins.

Rujiena Vēstnesis’ rapporteur Agnese Aunina-Linmeijere from voters union Sarma is a candidate for municipal elections in Naukseni. Rēzeknes Vēstis freelance correspondent Iveta Dimzule is also part of the list of candidates submitted by the Union of Greens and Farmers in Rezekne. Sergejs Timofejevs, correspondent of Rēzeknes panorama, will represent Latvian Socialist Party in Ludza.

Aglona, Dagda and Kraslava newspaper Ezerzeme’s correspondent Elizabete Viluma-Grazule will be a candidate from voters union ‘Spēkam, zemei, dvēselei’ in Aglona.

The New Conservative Party’s list in Liepaja, features photo-correspondent from irliepaja.lv Modris Helds.

The candidate list of Progressives party in Marupe features TVNET portal’s sports news editor Edgars Garosa. Lauku Avīze’s portal editor Inga Pavlovica is a candidate from Latvian Social Democratic Workers Party in Olaine.

Latvian Traders Chamber magazine’s editor Arta Alliu will be taking part in elections as a candidate of the National Alliance in Jurmala. Igors Vatolins, member of the board of Latvian Journalists Union, will be taking part in elections in the joint list of Latvian Association of Regions and For Latvia’s Development.

Maris Olte, creator of different shows and script writer for Vides Film Studio will be taking part in elections in Ergli as a candidate from voters union Kopā.

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