The amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public were drafted by a task force set up by Culture Minister Šarūnas Birutis in an effort to curb the influence of Russian propaganda.
Culture Vice-Minister Agneta Lobacevskytė, the head of the task force, said the amendments stipulate a clearer regulation of the concept of rebroadcasting and provide for replacement of the current rebroadcasting licenses with content licenses.
Under the bill, companies infringing the requirements would be imposed fines of up to 100,000 litas (EUR 28,900) or up to 3 percent of their annual income, if the sum cannot be established. Analogous sizes of fines are envisaged in the amendments proposed by the president.
The bill is yet to be finalized at the government and should be proposed to the parliament at the start of the spring session in March.
The task force included representatives of the ministries of Culture, Transport and Communications, Foreign Affairs, parliamentary committees, the government’s office, the State Security Department, the Communications Regulatory Service, the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission, the Lithuanian National Radio and Television, the Military Academy of General Jonas Žemaitis, the Lithuanian Radio and Television Association and the Lithuanian Association of Cable Television.