LTV slapped with fines by broadcast regulator

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Latvian Television (LTV) has been hit with a large fine by the country's broadcast regulator after it was deemed to be guilty of breaching laws prohibiting pre-election agitation. 

Fines totalling EUR 11,600 were imposed for what the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) said were "significant violations" of the Law on Pre-Election Agitation.

LTV shows "Personība.100g kulturas" and "1:1" were ruled to have fallen foul of Article 3 of the Law on Pre-Election Campaigning, which states that "covert pre-election campaigning is prohibited." The NEPLP said the two cases related to coverage of the "United list" and "Development/For!" parties but did not specify the exact nature of the content.

"After examining the case materials and hearing the explanations of the LTV representative, the council recognized the violations as significant and decided to impose a fine - in one case in the amount of EUR 7,100, in the other case in the amount of EUR 4,500," the NEPLP said, again without specifying which show was receiving which fine.

LTV representatives said they would comment on the decision only after examining the NEPLP ruling in detail.

Latvian Television is part of the same Latvian Public Media structure as LSM. 

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