The Association for international broadcasting is concerned by a ban RT in Latvia and Lithuania
Association for international broadcasting (AIB) is concerned about the prohibition of broadcasts of the channels of the group RT in Latvia and Lithuania.
"It seems that action was taken based on false information and without following the standard legal procedures", - quotes RT excerpts from the message that the head of the AIB, Simon Spanswick sent to the media regulators of the two countries, and ambassadors in the UK, where the head office of the Association.
Association for international broadcasting also notes that the actions of Vilnius and Riga are contrary to the obligations they have assumed by joining the Global coalition on freedom of the media.
AIB has expressed hope that the decision will be reconsidered.
Earlier it was reported that 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. Also previously broadcast channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV banned Latvia, having reasoned its decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.
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 official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the ban on the broadcasting of the seven RT channels in Latvia is an outrageous and unauthorized step.
In early July, ironically Simonyan said in his Twitter that after Lithuania decided to prohibit the broadcasting channels RT followed by Latvia, it is worth waiting for when the campaign for the protection of its Arab and Hispanic population RT will be joined by Estonia.
Earlier, foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu said that the government is weighing the possibility on the example of Latvia to ban broadcasting of Russian TV channels in the country RT.
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".