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Mass Media Council’s head refuses to step down; dismissal to follow soon

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Artuss Kaimiņš (L) and Dace Ķezbere (R)

The head of Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) Dace Ķezbere has no plans to step down from her post. This is why Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee head Artuss Kaimiņš has decided to initiate her dismissal.

Previously, in the middle of summer, Ķezbere noted that she would announce her future activities in NEPLP once the parliament has gathered for the autumn session. He mentioned he would announce this at a meeting on 9 September.

Ķezbere said she has no plans to step down from her post. She explained she cannot afford to leave NEPLP headless in a situation when one member of the council is away and another will be away a week from now. Also there are council members set on going on vacation.

At the same time, the head of NEPLP said she does not know yet how the situation could develop in November and December, adding that changes could be added to the developing public media law.

Ķezbere explained that she cannot write a resignation simply because «someone wants it», because she as the head of NEPLP needs to think how the council will work in conditions when four out of five members and certain council members are away on a business visit or vacation.

The head of the Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee Kaimiņš said that Ķezbere’s decision is an unpleasant surprise, adding that «she decided to break her promise to write a resignation on 9 September».

«This promise has been broken. Together with partners we want to see relations ended on a positive note. Under this situation, I have decided to ask the committee and cooperation partners to commence Ķezbere’s dismissal procedure, because I believe she cannot continue working in NEPLP both for reasons of reputation and professionalism,» said Kaimiņš.

When asked if her dismissal could be initiated by the Human Rights Committee and decided on by the Saeima, the head of NEPLP head mentioned this is «a question of their work».

In the near future the committee will announce a new selection for the post of NEPLP member, because Gunta Līdaka’s spot is vacant. Deputies may decide on Ķezbere’s dismissal next week.


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