All Russia-based TV gone from Latvian media space Thursday

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Thursday, June 9, the remaining 80 television channels registered in Russia are disappearing from the Latvian media space.

This follows a decision by the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) on Monday. The TV channels will only be allowed to broadcast after Russia stops the war in Ukraine and frees Crimea, said Ivars Āboliņš, chair of NEPLP.

Earlier the Saeima adopted amendments to the Electronic Media Law, which grants NEPLP the right to restrict foreign programs from countries that threaten the sovereignty of other countries.

The distribution of such channels in the territory of Latvia is contrary to the national interests of Latvia and does not conform to the policy of electronic media programmes, as well as has a negative impact on the information room of Latvia, as stated in the approved amendments.

After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, dozens of Russian and Belarusian TV channels and websites have been blocked in Latvia

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