Youth radio station director reinstated

Kārlis Dagilis, who had previously been suspended from being director for the public youth radio station Pieci.lv, has been reinstated after an evaluation of his work, reported Latvian Radio on Thursday.

The board of Latvian Radio had confirmed the review of Dagilis' performance, so he'll be able to resume work as director of the Pieci.lv radio station.

Previously, Dagilis came under scrutiny, likely for the strong language used during a rap music show on the public youth radio channel. He was suspended from work during the inquiry. 

Before, Mārtiņš Pavasaris, the director of the program where strong language was used, was suspended from Pieci.lv after he repeatedly failed preventing swear words being used on the broadcast.

Besides being a reason for reviewing Dagilis' work, the swearing on the youth show was, nominally, among the motives for the dismissal of Ainārs Dimants, chairman of the board of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEMMC), Latvia's broadcast watchdog. 

A number of MPs expressed indignation about swearing on the rap music show, while the NEMMC wrote a strongly worded letter claiming that the politicians' involvement amounts to tampering with the independence of the public media.

As well as acting as broadcast watchdog with the power to take action if illegal or inappropriate material is broadcast, the NEMMC is also in overall charge of the funding of public broadcasting in Latvia, including the LSM news portals in Latvian, Russian and English.

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