Posts tagged as Media

Will breaching EU sanctions be the end for Kremlin media in Baltics?

By Holger Roonemaa on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An alleged breach of EU sanctions, and a possible fine of up to 10 million euros, casts doubt on the future of Baltic Media Alliance, one of the largest media holdings in the Baltic countries focusing on local Russian-speaking audiences. “Today we are saying goodbye to our viewers. Every evening for 16 years, you were with us, between 50 and 200 thousand people. I, Julia Plyen, having spent 16 years…

President Levits urges support for media

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

President of Latvia Egils Levits has drawn attention to the need to support credible media outlets through the crisis and underlined the importance of a professionally-maintained information space to give the public access to information that can help them make choices about their behavior. As a result of discussions with the National Electronic Media Council, the Latvian Journalists Association and the Latvian Press Publishers Association, President Levits drew attention March 31 to the necessity of media support…

Re:Baltica reports on big changes in Baltic Russian-language media

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, has a new story examining the fate of the most popular local Russian language TV canal, Pervij Baltijskij Kanal (PBK, First Baltic Channel), which closed down its local news desks on March 20. “That means that for a large part of population in Latvia and Estonia, where the Russian-speaking population watches PBK more than any of the local public broadcasters, their evening news are coming straight from…

Media funding law changes labelled ‘censorship’ by Lithuania’s opposition

Thursday, January 30, 2020

As the Lithuanian parliament considers to overhaul public funding to the media, some insist the new law will allow government censorship. Under the bill currently debated in the Lithuanian parliament, a new body, the Media Support Fund, would be put in charge of distributing public funds to media projects. The funds, aimed at promoting cultural and educational content, are currently administered by an independent body, but would, under the new…

Facebook and social media fail to stop fakes – report

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A damning report by the Latvian-based NATO research centre has revealed that social media giants have failed to fix loopholes that allow manipulation and subversion on their platforms. The report, published earlier in December, shows that researchers at the NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence were able to buy 3,530 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,100 followers for just 300 euros. The researchers were thus able to identify 18,739 fake accounts…

Lithuania’s Chernobyl resents its label – ‘media created this image of us’

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lithuania’s Chernobyl, zombie-town, and other derogatory terms are often used to describe the town of Didžiasalis near the Belarusian border in Lithuania’s northeast. In a town where you can buy an apartment for a few thousand euros, or even get one for free, residents are keen to see the image improve. Didžiasalis has already lived through its golden age. A Soviet-era brick factory with a workforce of over a thousand…

The Latest: 33 confirmed dead in Kyoto anime studio fire

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A Japanese fire official says the death toll from a Kyoto animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing. Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been injured, 10 of them critically. Hayashi says firefighters found the largest number of victims on the top floor…

Lithuanian president proposes giving media access to registry archives

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite will propose to the country’s parliament in the spring to decide on giving the media wider access to state data and provide the possibility to access historic data of the Center of Registers to use for public information goals. Grybauskaite plans to propose amendments to the Laws on Companies and the Real Property Register, giving the media free of charge access to the state’s archival data…

Falling audiences make it harder for media companies to grow their revenues

Friday, November 30, 2018

After a few relatively stable years, the media market in the Baltics seems to be headed for interesting times. The latest Baltic Media Health Check report shows that more than half of the most popular media saw their audiences shrink in 2017. It is becoming harder for media owners to grow sales, and the size of the Baltic advertising market is still below its 2008 level. Baltic Media Health Check is…

Critics in the media

Friday, November 16, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump lashed out at unnamed ‘critics in the media’ Thursday for failing to take seriously her decision to speak out on cyberbullying – on a day when her husband once again used Twitter to insult rivals. The first lady defended the initiative as part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign at an event held at the U.S. Institute of Peace for a conference on Family Online Safety Institute’s annual…