: Baltic Times: Russia questions Latvia's ban on Rossiya RTR channel

14:22 Apr. 12, 2016

Baltic Times: Russia questions Latvia's ban on Rossiya RTR channel

Journalist Natasha Mozgovaya is displayed on monitors in the control room during the 'Current Time' broadcast in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Getty Images)

Latvian Mass Media Council restricts broadcast of Rossiya RTR in Latvia

Russia hopes that international organisations will look into Latvia's decision to impose a six-month ban on Russian television channel, Rossiya RTR, according to the Baltic Times.

The press service of the embassy asked rhetorically if Latvia's latest attempts to push Russian media out of Latvia and the urgent passing of amendments to the Criminal Law represented the new European values.

Read also Latvia bans Russia's 'Rossiya RTR' station for six months

"We hope that the relevant international organisations will not leave these Latvian interventions unnoticed," the Russian Embassy said.

The Latvian broadcasting watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEMMC) said on April 8, 2016, that it had decided to restrict the rebroadcast of Russian television channel Rossiya RTR in Latvia for six months.

The council points out that it had witnessed repeated gross violations in Rossiya RTR broadcasts during 2015, all of which breached both Latvian and EU regulations.

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Carrying out the monitoring of Rossiya RTR programming, the NEMMC concluded that the channel was deliberately broadcasting programs inciting ethnic hatred. 

Its programs were reporting biased information about Ukraine, which contradicted the principles of journalistic ethics.

In another program, the channel reported similar one-sided programming about Latvia.

It claimed that ethnic conflicts between Latvians and Russians in Latvia are a regular occurrence, and that this is a deliberate policy in Latvia being imposed by the United States. 

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Therefore, it has been determined that these programmes - aimed at a Russian speaking audience -  is deliberate and aimed at inciting ethnic hatred.

The Public Consultative Council of the Electronic Mass Media Council said it believed that several television channels controlled by the Russian government were disseminating tendentious and grossly misleading information hostile toward Latvia. Full story

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