Latvian media watchdog blocks pro-Kremlin websites

The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) decided to block access to 71 Internet sites, which distributed pro-Kremlin propaganda, supported and glorified Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NEPLP said March 15.

NEPLP Chairman Ivars Āboliņš told Latvian Television that the list of blocked resources included, for example, “Vesti.ru”, “Lenta.ru”, “Radio Zvezda”, “Radio KP” websites.

Āboliņš said that the decision had been taken on 71 sites, “but our verification is ongoing”, and similar decisions could be taken in the future.

The NEPLP decided to block these sites due to “a Russian narrative blaming Ukraine for causing the war, justifying terrorism, justifying hostilities, blaming Ukraine for war crimes” and distributing similar content.

Āboliņš said that the NEPLP decision was taken after last week's legislative amendments allowing the council to block Internet resources if information from the responsible authorities on resources threatening national security has been received. Monitoring is continuing.

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