Skip to comments.Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts
Posted on 04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests.
Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
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(Reuters) - Lithuania banned broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months on Friday for showing a film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence government.
Tensions between the Baltic states, including Lithuania, and Russia have risen since the Ukraine crisis. The former Soviet republics fear Moscow is trying to destabilize their region, which like Crimea also has large Russia-speaking minorities.
A Lithuanian court upheld a move by a media watchdog to suspend the Gazprom-owned NTV Mir after it broadcast the movie this month, on the eve of the 24th anniversary of Lithuania's declaration of independence from Soviet Union.
"The movie intentionally spread lies about events in Lithuania on January 13, 1991 ... mocking the Lithuanian people and scorning the memory of the fighters for Lithuanian freedom," Lithuania's broadcast watchdog, which asked for the ban, said in a statement.
In January 1991, 13 civilians were killed in Vilnius as the Soviet army stormed a TV tower and the headquarters of the TV station.
NATO countries seem to be growing adverse to free speech.
No, just Russian propaganda.
Foreign propaganda doesn't fall under free speech.
Let's consider Mexico transmitting incitement into the U.S. Would it be an abridgment of free speech to jam them?
The Putin Doctrine certainly makes the case for ethnic cleansing. Along the lines of the Bene decrees against the Sudeten Germans
Have you see anything from Spanish-language media in the last, oh, 30 years?
Yea, that’s probably a good point.
Never heard of Univision?
Uh-oh. Just gave Vlad his excuse.
But that’s OK, our intrepid SecState will tsk-tsk him until he comes to his senses. After all, NOBODY wants to be considered 19th century.
...and who decides what is 'foreign propaganda' and what isn't?
Are Dinesh D'Souza movies 'foreign propaganda'?
Vlad doesn’t need an excuse. He’d make one up if he needs one.