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Sipkevics: UGF was led by Krauze’s ambitions in the ‘radio language’ matter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhat is good is that deputies have finally understood that amendments to the Electronic Mass Media Law have to be discussed. Unfortunately, the Union of Greens and Farmers was led by Armands Krauze’s personal ambitions in this matter and went against their president and did not take into consideration his concerns, said Radio SWH manager and co-owner Janis Sipkevics.

«The fact that they put their president in such a situation shows their disrespect for him. This not all that much about defending some idea as it is about demonstrating Krauze’s personal ambitions,» – added Sipkevics.

«I take it as a stab in the back. […] I think many voters will remember this fact the next time they go voting, especially for ‘patriots’ like Krauze,» – said Sipkevics. «It’s such a puerile step, stubbornness and an attempt to be higher than the president. On top of that, it is much more about satisfying personal ambitions than it is about considering the Latvian media environment and its protection.»

Sipkevics does say that the most important aspect in this situation is that it will help reduce broadcasts from Russia and other countries by 10% starting with 1 January 2016. «This is the most important aspect because we are not worried about radio stations that broadcast in Russian language. We are concerned about content being developed in some foreign country.»

Speaking of upcoming work, Sipkevics mentioned two things. «First of all the National Electronic Media Council has to be able to realize control over broadcasts. Secondly, I believe we should address the matter of even allowing radio programmes from other countries in Latvia. We should be able to create our own content.»

As it is known, Saeima deputies have supported amendments to the law that dictate a full transition of radio stations to state language this week. The new regulation states that coming into force of the previously planned language division is to be put off until 1 January 2017. Radio stations that were preparing to transition over to a single language now have an opportunity to continue broadcasting in their licensed language or transition now.


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