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    Latvian broadcasting watchdog warns Rossiya RTR of more sanctions, if hate speech reoccurred

    RIGA, May 17 (LETA) - The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has warned the producers of the Russian TV channel Rossiya RTR that any further incidents of hate speech would again earn them restrictions on broadcasting in Latvia.

    The Latvian broadcasting watchdog said that, in accordance with the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, it had sent a statement to the European Commission, Rossiya RTR producers and the Swedish broadcasting watchdog, because Rossiya RTR is registered in Sweden, saying it would impose restrictions on the re-broadcasting of the TV channel in Latvia, if hate speech reoccurred.

    The NEPLP and the European Commission representatives this week discussed the situation with Rossiya RTR, and the Commission found that so far the Latvian broadcasting watchdog had been acting in line with the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

    The NEPLP will continue monitoring the content of Rossiya RTR for compliance with the laws and regulations.

    As reported, in 2016 the NEPLP slapped a six-month ban on rebroadcasting of Rossiya RTR in Latvia for repeated violations, namely, inciting hatred and calling for a war or military conflict.

    • Published: 17.05.2018 19:18
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