PM instructs ministers to work out journalist protection plan

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Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) on Thursday, December 19, instructed Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV), who is responsible for the police, and Minister for Culture Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance), who is responsible for media policy, to work together to counter threats encountered by journalists because of their professional activities.

The Prime Minister called on his ministers to work on a solution in cooperation with journalists and their representative organizations, agreeing to establish a permanent system, with the suggestion that an example might be the establishment of a dedicated contact point within the State Police for the handling of threats against journalists, as mentioned in Council of Europe Recommendations, according to a release from the government press office.

As previously reported, the issue came to prominence - as it does sometimes - after a sluggish police response when a long-time harrasser of investigative journalism center Re:Baltica gained access to the editorial office with a funeral wreath. It was only several weeks later that the police took action, after Re:Baltica finally went public.


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