bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 18.08.2019 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena
LatviaLatvia

No «tangible contribution». Latvian Association of Journalists proposes dissolving NEPLP

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

NEPLP members Aurēlija Ieva Druviete ( L), Patriks Grīva (M) and vice-chairman Ivars Āboliņš (R)

Latvian Association of Journalists (LAJ) has asked the 13th Saeima to discuss the possibility of evaluating the work performed by members of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) and replace old council members with new ones.

LAJ believes the current composition of NEPLP is not competent enough or aimed at constructive cooperation in order to resolve topical problems in the media environment. NEPLP has managed to engage in a conflict with the majority of members of the industry, and there are no signs to suggest the situation could improve in the near future, the association explains.

This is why LAJ invites the Saeima to dismiss NEPLP members Dace Ķezbere, Ivars Āboliņš, Patriks Grīva and Ieva Aurēlija Druviete, and pick a new council capable of working professionally.

«It is clear the competence of these people is insufficient to provide a tangible contribution to the media environment,» LAJ comments on the current composition of NEPLP.

The association also invites the parliament to immediately develop and introduce a new public media management model.

LAJ stresses that NEPLP has lost the trust of media organizations. On top of that, there are doubts about the reputation of certain members of the council. As an example the association mentions the non-confidence Latvijas Radio voiced to NEPLP member Ivars Āboliņš in 2017. This decisions still has not been withdrawn. Āboliņš earned this distrust with his rushed amendments to the Public Order and Radio Channels Format. Journalists criticized Āboliņš for breach of editorial’s autonomy and ruining the reputation of the radio News Service.

LAJ reminds that in 2018 NEPLP had dismissed the board of LTV with no justifiable reasons. At the beginning of 2019, the council had breached good management principles when organizing a personnel selection process and ended up in a conflict with LTV. As a result, council members picked through the process stepped down and the council itself was diminished to one member.

LAJ also points to the fact that NEPLP has commenced administrative cases against LTV and TV3 New Service, using the norm that allows punishing media for insufficient accuracy. Administrative cases were launched for LTV news report about Āboliņš’s friend Mayor of Ogre Egils Helmanis’ actions during the pre-election period. In TV3 case the administrative case was launched over evaluation of NEPLP work performed by State Audit.

NEPLP did not listen to criticisms from State Audit about the failure to develop a strategy, assess the public needs in public orders, as well as failure to create criteria for evaluation of public orders.

LAJ also points to wards reports that cast a shadow over the reputation of NEPLP chairperson Ķezbere – she was involved in an investigation of a bribery case in Jurmala.

The ongoing crisis at Latvijas Radio is also mentioned, as well as NEPLP’s lack of involvement in its resolution.

LAJ believes Āboliņš’s request for explanations about Latvijas Radio journalist Edgars Kupčs’ opinion provided to LTV proves «he does not understand the definition of freedom of speech and editorial autonomy».

«The situation with Latvia’s media sector has major changes ahead. Rapid technological leap has toppled the existing economic model in existing media. This has opened the door for foreign information flow, and has opened Latvia’s market for foreign media giants. We need a more rapid, comprehensive and order-focused action than what the current composition of NEPLP can provide,» LAJ explains.


Leave a reply

Week in Lithuania: PM Skvernelis undergoes surgery, Nausėda meets Merkel, rebukes Latvia

Last week, President Gitanas Nausėda rejected the government’s candidate for EU judge, hints of big changes at Šiaulių Bankas ahead

Independent Deputies Faction joins forces with Honour to Serve Riga

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction has signed a cooperation agreement with Honour to Serve Riga political party, pledging support for the party’s mayoral candidate Oļegs Burovs, as LETA was told by the faction’s leader Valērijs Petrovs on Monday, 18 August.

Saeima’s MPC investigation committee requests information on every issued license

The parliamentary committee formed to investigate the mandatory procurement component has requested access to information regarding every issued MPC license and decision made by officials in regards to this field, says the committee’s representative Ilze Vanaga.

Latvian athlete receives two-year disqualification

Former Latvian long jumper Ineta Radeviča has received a two-year disqualification, as confirmed by International Association of Athletics Federation’s Athletics Integrity Unit.

Minister: state budget funds will not be used to compensate PNB Bank’s clients

The Deposit Guarantee Fund is sufficient to pay compensations to affected PNB Bank clients. This means not a cent from Latvia’s state budget will be used, said Latvia’s Finance Minister Jānis Reirs in a telephone conversation with public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Friday, 16 August.

Estonia to invest 22 million in construction of a new TV house

Estonian government has set aside EUR 22 million for the construction of a new public television building, as reported by Estonian public media ERR.

Another one falls – Latvian FCMC halts PNB Bank’s operations

Operations of PNB Bank [formerly Norvik Banka] have been halted in Latvia, as confirmed by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Unemployment index in Latvia drops – rate down to 6.4% in Q2

In Q2 2019 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 6.4 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points, and compared to the rate recorded a year ago, it dropped by 1.3 percentage points.

64.7% of Latvia’s population reportedly employed in Q2 2019

905.6 thousand people or 64.7 % of Latvia’s population aged 15–74 were employed in Q2 2019.

Lithuanian Conservatives’ tensions: can the party split?

The Conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) have risen to unseen heights lately – although in the opposition now, in 2016 parliamentary election the party racked up a record support in its 30 years’ history.

Minister: Latvia’s social budget surplus has reached one billion

The surplus of the state social budget has come close of the pre-crisis level – EUR 1 billion, said Latvian Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama on 15 August.

Riga City Council permitted to elect mayor after two-month deadline

In spite of the fact that 21 August will mark two months of Riga City Council working without a mayor, a condition that permits Latvia’s Saeima to dismiss the entire city council, deputies of the municipality will nonetheless have the right to elect a mayor after the deadline, says Environment Protection Minister Juris Pūce’s advisor for legal affairs Valdis Verners.

Lithuanian president unhappy with Latvia’s decision to purchase energy from Belarus

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has voiced sadness over Latvia’s decision to purchase electrical energy produced at Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus not far from the Lithuanian border. He admits, however, that this decision was not unexpected for him.

State Real Estate claims ReRe Būve 1 may be trying to circumvent the law

Construction company Rere Būve 1 publicly voices desire to continue implementing the construction contract. However, the construction company’s submitted work schedule for reconstruction of New Riga Theatre has everything changed – volume of work, terms and budget, Latvian State Real Estate reports.

Lithuanian mountaineer dies climbing French Alps

Lithuanian 38-year-old mountaineer Vytautas Mažeika died in a 50 m fall in the French Alps, Lithuanian public media LRT reports with reference to 15min.lt.

Estonia decides to reform pension system; increase not promised

Helir-Valdor Seeder, leader of Estonian coalition party Isamaa, has confirmed that the government has agreed on his proposed pension reform, as reported by Estonian public media ERR.

Ruling party in Lithuania promises national agreement for education affairs

While more and more small town schools close down in Lithuania, the leader of the ruling party promises a «national agreement» for education affairs, as reported by Lithuanian public media LRT.

Viesturs Zeps’ has yet to convince NCP and Unity to support him as mayoral candidate

Mayoral candidate in Riga Viesturs Zeps still has not convinced New Conservative Party and Unity to support him, according to what he said in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama on Thursday, 15 August.

Audit: planning problems impede growth of Latvia’s defensive capabilities

Problems with planning are the main reason why Latvia’s defensive capabilities are developing slowly, as concluded by State Audit.

Minister: increase of doctors’ wages is a priority over all other promises

First it is necessary to increase doctors’ wages. Then it will be possible to tackle all other promises, said Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele during a meeting of the Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee on Wednesday, 14 August.

Is Latvia becoming more hospitable? Tourist upturn observed

A total of 781.1 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q2 2019, which is 1.1 % more than in Q2 2018.

Village in Russia to be evacuated following nuclear accident

Russian authorities have announced evacuation of Nenoksa village, as it is the closest to the military area where a nuclear accident recently happened. This may mean the situation there is far more dangerous than initially reported, as reported by New York Times.

Lithuania’s president says he sees no reason to meet with Putin

A meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is unlikely and would be pointless, said Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda in an interview to public media LRT.

Shadow of political dealings over SRS. ZZS people – Knoks, Podiņš, Vaivars

Although the State Revenue Service has never had a truly spotless reputation, there is now a much bigger and darker shadow hovering over the service’s director general Ieva Jaunzeme. Serious concerns have been voiced in regards to possible employment of «chosen people» in important posts, which allows them to either halt or push criminal processes forward in order to make life difficult for their political opponents, pretending to fight the good fight while, in reality, realizing some «political hit».

Prime Minister: 2020 budget will be Latvia’s largest one yet

The next year’s budget will be the largest in the history of Latvia and will exceed EUR 10 billion, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 14 August.

Newest comments