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"TV Rain" darbinieku vīzas netiks anulētas

TV Rain employees can continue to work in Latvia

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Despite the loss of the broadcast license of Riga-based independent Russian TV channel "TV Rain" (Дождь/Dozhdj), the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) has decided not to cancel the employment visas of TV Rain employees, reported Latvian Television on December 28.

Following the controversial stripping of TV Rain's right to broadcast, the PMLP had started an evaluation process for the visas of the channel's employees. Visas provide the right to employment and are issued for one year. The evaluation process has ended with officials deciding that employees who have been issued work visas can stay in Latvia and continue working here – even though the channel cannot broadcast. 

TV Rain had told the PMLP that its employees still needed work permits in order to continue to create content for distribution on social networks and digital channels. 

PMLP representative Madara Puķe said: "We have no reason to cancel the issued visas, nor have the security authorities instructed us that we should do so."

As previously reported by LSM, Latvia's broadcast regulator revoked TV Rain's broadcast license over comments made by one of its presenters and the station's subsequent reaction to those comments.

Many welcomed the decision to quickly sanction TV Rain, but others including the Association of Latvian Journalists and Reporters Without Borders questioned the wisdom of the move.

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