Radio Free Europe launches Baltic counter-propaganda show

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said March 21 it has launched a show titled "Current Time Baltics" on its Russian-language television and digital network Current Time which it described as "a critical part of RFE/RL’s strategy to counter Russian malign influence across Europe by providing new Russian-language audiences with trusted news and information."

Current Time Baltics is intended as a news and current affairs alternative to Kremlin state media for Russian-language audiences in the Baltic region and wider Europe. The program will cover Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia collectively as a region, focusing on their democratic freedoms and contributions to a rules-based international order. 

"‘Current Time Baltics will be an important check on the Kremlin’s corrosive lies about the Baltic states' democratic institutions and values," said RFE/RL President and CEO Jamie Fly. "Thanks to our talented team in Latvia, this program will reach new Russian-speaking audiences with trusted reporting that provides a positive vision for Russians seeking a better future."

Current Time Baltics will air live for 30 minutes at 17:00 local time Monday through Friday from RFE/RL’s Rīga office. 

Opened in January 2023, as previously reported by LSM, RFE/RL’s Riga office is home to displaced Russian journalists and expanded production teams hired locally to meet the demand for independent news since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

RFE/RL is an editorially independent media company funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

For reliable Russian-language news content about Latvia we recommend the work of our colleagues at the LSM Russian language service

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