The National Electronic Media Council banned the broadcast of 80 Russian TV channels that were available in the country, transmits LETA agency.
“The decision was made on the basis of a new legal norm, according to which programs registered in a country that jeopardizes the territorial integrity and independence of another country cannot operate in Latvia,” the agency writes, citing the head of the council, Ivars Abolins.
The decision will come into force on June 9. According to Abolins, the decision will remain in force until Russia ends the war in Ukraine and returns Crimea to it.
The Latvian authorities have also issued a broadcasting license to the Russian independent television channel Dozhd, which has been labeled a “foreign agent” in Russia. Ivars Abolins explained that in the future the TV channel will be broadcast from Riga. “Rain” will appear in the list of channels registered in Latvia on June 9th.
Earlier, Latvia had already banned the broadcasting of RT, NTV, Rossiya, Rossiya 24 TV channels, which broadcast propaganda and supported Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. In May 2022, due to the imposition of sanctions, the Latvian authorities announced their decision to block the Russian social networks VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Moi Mir.
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