LTV worker sacked over Russia Today studio rental

A long-time employee of Latvian Television (LTV) has been dismissed from his post after allowing the Russia Today propaganda channel to use LTV's facilities to conduct an interview, the Saeima's Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee was told March 26.

Ivars Priede, Member of the Board of LTV, told lawmakers that a worker named Harijs Lavkinaitis had been held accountable for the incident, which caused widespread disapproval from public and politicians alike.

Lavkinaitis was fired on Monday after working for LTV had worked for more than 30 years, Priede said.

As reported by LSM, which is part of the same public media organization as LTV and Latvian Radio, two weeks ago, an interview with former Latvian foreign minister Jānis Jūrkans was conducted on LTV premises by the Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today.

Managers denied any knowledge of the incident until had already happened, laying the blame on Lavkinaitis' shoulders as the person responsible for hiring out the studio in question.

Commission chairman Artuss Kaiminš (KPV LV) said he hoped the incident would serve as a wake-up call to ensure nothing similar will happen in the future and voiced concerns that Lavkinaitis' might have been made a scapegoat to protect others with more senior positions within LTV.

 

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