Pro-Kremlin TV channel ban in Latvia is permanent, says media watchdog

All Russian television channels that have violated the law in any way have been banned in Latvia, and 'this narrative will never return to Latvia', Ivars Āboliņš, Chairman of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), said in an interview to Latvian Radio on March 23.

Āboliņš said that channel monitoring is still ongoing, as more than 60 programs broadcast in Russian and related to Russia are still available in Latvia. “If we detect offenses, with EU and US sanctions extending, there are likely to be new decisions,” said Āboliņš.

“At the moment, 28 programs have been banned and I would say that our informative space in the linear transmission is absolutely clean from Russian propaganda and a narrative of lies and hatred,” Āboliņš said.

The head of NEPLP said that last week 14 administrative cases were initiated against cable operators for alleged infringements related specifically to the failure to remove banned programs from offer.

 

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