Ukrainian TV to be made free-to-view in Latvia

The Ukrainian television channel "Ukraina24" will be made available via free terrestrial broadcasting in Latvia, the head of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) Ivars Āboliņš announced on Latvian Television's (LTV) morning new show March 2.

Āboliņš said that the Ukrainian TV channel will be available in Ukrainian, English and Russian. It will initially be found on channel 35. The show will air for free from today, for at least a year.

Ukraina24 is also available online HERE.

Āboliņš said that the NEPLP has been very active in including this program in free broadcasting and it will allow the public to directly receive objective information about what is happening in Ukraine. This is particularly important for minorities in order to pull them out of Russia's propagandized information space, he said.

The head of NEPLP also informed that the council has decided to block the live section of the Russian internet portal "odnoklassniki.ru".

"If the portal tries to circumvent it, the next step could be to block the entire portal in the territory of Latvia," the chairman of NEPLP warned.

Also, after talks with the NEPLP, access to the content of "Rossija RTR", "Rossija 24" and "TV Centr" will be denied on YouTube in the territory of Latvia from tonight. Other channels banned in Latvia will likely also be removed in the near future, he added.

In a parallel move, the NEPLP will stop the broadcasts of Belarusian channel 'Belarus24' on Latvian territory. The basis for the decision is that the channel is owned by Belarusian citizen Ivan Mikhailovich, who is included in the list of persons against whom the Council of the European Union has imposed financial and economic sanctions.

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