"Reporters without borders" condemned the situation with RT and Sputnik in Latvia and Lithuania
International organization "reporters without borders" (RSF) expressed concern about the actions of Latvia and Lithuania in relation to RT and Sputnik, calling it an abuse of the sanctions policy of the EU.
"Although it is legal to protect and promote independent and reliable news coverage, RSF considers the closure as an abuse of the sanctions policy of the EU. The ban or the closure of media outlets is not part of the sanctions taken against (the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry) Kiselev," - said in a statement RSF.
According to "Reporters without borders" instead to ban the media, the country may claim from all media the guarantees of editorial independence, and "and impose legal sanctions are subject to judicial control when it is determined that the media did not fulfill its obligations."
"The establishment of uniform requirements to all media (regardless of country of origin) to avoid retaliatory measures by the countries leading the information war," - said the organization.
Earlier, the Lithuanian Commission on radio and television (LRTK) has banned the broadcast of five television channels RT in the country. According to the Chairman of the Commission, the ban applies to RT, RT HD, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary. In addition, last week the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV banned and Latvia, having reasoned its decision by the fact that they supposedly belong Kiselev, under sanctions from the European Union.
While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today", while the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain. The Russian foreign Ministry said that the ban on the broadcasting of the seven RT channels in Latvia is an outrageous and unauthorized step.
The authorities of the Baltic countries repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media. The Russian foreign Ministry stated with clear signs of a coordinated line of those States. Cases of harassment of the media in the Baltic countries, noted in the Russian Ministry, "demonstrate, which in practice are demagogic statements about the commitment of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the principles of democracy and freedom of speech". Pressure from the authorities of Estonia were also attacked journalists Sputnik Estonia, which has received from the leadership of the police and border guard Board direct threats of excitation against them criminal cases if they are until January 1, 2020 will not stop labour relations with the parent organization.