Lattelecom doubts it's possible to effectively "filter" Russian propaganda

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Nowadays, it's impossible to effectively filter TV content, as practically all content is available on the internet, said Toms Meisītis, the head of the Legal Department of the public-owned telecoms company Lattelecom.

Meisītis also said that it would be unacceptable if Lattelecom were the only television company limiting Russian TV broadcasts. 

"Since Lattelecom has been working in this niche, we've put the main emphasis on Latvia-made channels in the Latvian language. These are the most popular channels among Lattelecom's clients," he told Latvian Radio April 17.

"At the same time, channels that broadcast in the Russian language are quite popular too. We absolutely find them among our top 10 most-viewed channels," he said. 

Speaking against the backdrop of a recent proposal by the National Alliance party, which wants to restrict the broadcasting of Russian propaganda TV channels in Latvia, Meisītis said that Lattelecom expect it would apply to all players in the market.

"We assume that if the regulator were to adopt...a decision to limit re-broadcasts of any particular channel, it would also ensure that no single telecoms provider offers this content. In that case we would be operating under fair competition," Meisītis said. 

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