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Latvijas Radio News Service objects to proposed mediation process

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After multiple meetings with mediator Baiba Strupiša and members of Latvijas Radio board, the News Service of the radio has decided to reject the mediation process, as reported by Latvian public media portal lsm.lv.

According to the news service, the mediation process will not resolve the major problems in the media. For example, it will not resolve the political vulnerability of Latvijas Radio board and the incompetence of its certain members.

The News Service also outlines that the money of the public media should not be spent on the duties of members of the National Electronic Mass Media Council and the board of Latvijas Radio – specifically enhancement of the News Service and communication with workers – through an attracted mediator.

Latvijas Radio News Service has voiced no-confidence to the board of Latvijas Radio and has requested all members to step down.

Employees of the News Service have sent an open letter to the board of Latvijas Radio, NEPLP, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee, Culture Ministry, Cabinet of Ministers, Latvia’s President Egils Levits and mass media outlets.

To resolve the crisis, Latvijas Radio board decided to hire Baiba Strupiša as a mediator last week. It is expected that her work could cost Latvijas Radio 35 to 70 EUR/h.

As it is known, the board of Latvijas Radio has invited state officials to allocate EUR 100 000 to pay wages to its employees this year and EUR 996 760 next year.

The open letter states that the funding for public media in Latvia is the lowest among EU member states, including 30% below that of Lithuania and 45% below that of Estonia. While the average funding for public media in the EU is 0.17% of GDP, in Latvia it is 0.1%.

«The government has long since committed to increasing funding as part of Media policy’s guidelines – the index was supposed to have reached 0.15% of GDP last year and 0.2% next year. Unfortunately, it seems plans remain only on paper,» the letter outlines.


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