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Lithuanian journalists award 5 Belarussian journalists with the Hope of Freedom Prize

Today, we mark the International Human Rights Day and where human rights are respected, so is the freedom of speech. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human […]

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Karbauskis to propose upholding veto of Civil Code amendments

Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), says that he will propose that the party’s political group at the parliament should support the president’s veto of amendments to the Civil Code on insulting public figures. […]


Reporters call on president to veto restrictions to reporting on court cases

Lithuanian reporters have asked the country’s president to veto a law that introduces penalties for reporting on non-open trial procedures. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė

Opinion:Political Correctness – a road to hell paved with good intentions

A year ago, when Islamist radicals shot and killed eight members of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial office, Europe bravely stood up for freedom of speech and declared it would not be intimidated. A free press is exactly what separates us from undemocratic regimes, and we will fight for it. When those attacks happened, we couldn’t have dreamed in our worst nightmares that Europe itself would soon voluntarily give up freedom of speech, embracing a new era of political correctness where democratic states like Germany or Sweden would be reluctant to share the real truth. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė

Opinion: Winning back hearts and souls of Lithuania’s citizens

The West now faces bigger problems than Ukraine’s future or Russia’s plans for its neighbours. The growing threat of terrorism makes Russia more and more indispensable to its Western partners. That’s dangerous for the Baltic states because there’s no way that the Kremlin will renounce its aggressive goals, get lost in Syria or run out of resources for all of its front lines. […]