VILNIUS, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) at a meeting on Wednesday decided to initiate a procedure for the temporary suspension of the broadcasting of RTR Planet. “In accordance with the legal acts of the EU and Lithuania, the Commission decided to initiate a procedure for the temporary suspension of the RTR Planeta retransmission,” release commission.
It notes that the LRTK considered at a meeting on Wednesday the TV program “Vesti” “RTR Planeta” dated January 13, 2021. “According to the commission, the report of this program and the statements made on the events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius,” is serious and rude violated the articles of the Law on Public Information of the Republic of Lithuania, i.e. incited hatred and disseminated misinformation. “
Also, according to the commission, the “TV program” 60 minutes “” RTR Planeta “dated September 17, 2020” incited war, discord and ethnic strife. “
“LRTK may temporarily suspend free reception of this TV program in Lithuania if three violations are revealed within 12 months,” the company said in a press release. It also reported that the broadcasting of RTR Planet had already been suspended earlier in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
“In the near future, LRTK will contact the broadcaster of the program – VGTRK of the Russian Federation, the regulatory body that issued the license for the TV program RTR Planeta in France and will notify the measures that will be taken by the LRTK for repeated violations. LRTK will also inform the European Commission about the violations found,” specified in a press release.
According to the procedure, if within one month from the date of notification to the European Commission it is not possible to reach an amicable agreement with RTR Planeta, if the channel does not recognize violations and continues to violate the Lithuanian law, LRTK has the right to suspend the broadcast of all RTR Planeta TV programs for a period of 12 and more months, the commission reports.
The authorities of the Baltic countries have repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced clear signs of a coordinated line of these states. Cases of harassment of the media in the Baltic states, the Russian ministry noted, “clearly demonstrate what demagogic statements about the adherence of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the principles of democracy and freedom of speech are worth in practice.”