President says public media important

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President Egils Levits hosted a discussion about the Latvian media space at Rīga Castle August 19.

“National democracy depends on a strong information space, so this the issue must be high on the agenda of the Saeima and the government,”  he said in a statement at the conclusion of the discussion which involved various media representatives, politicians and public officials, based on the evidence of photographs posted to the presidential Flickr account.

President Levits "stressed the need for transparency and good governance," according to the summary of the meeting released by his office, and called for the rapid adoption of a media law defining the role of public media and ensuring its funding. However, the summary did not go into any specifics regarding his suggestions for timelines, suitable budgets and the like.

"There are priorities and priorities - and this is a priority of priorities," the President told LTV.

He also tweeted in Latvian and English.


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