Lithuania’s media watchdog suspends broadcasting of Russian TV channel

The Lithuanian watchdog said the TV channel was inciting war and hatred, repeatedly violating the Law on Provision of Information to the Public. The commission said the European Commission had been notified of the violations and the planned sanctions.

“Consultations with the country broadcasting the TV content and the European Commission did not lead to a consensus within 15 days of the warning, and the violations continued,” the Lithuanian panel said.

The decision will take effect on 13 April and will not require a court sanction, the watchdog’s representatives told BNS.

The body’s chairman Edmundas Vaitekūnas confirmed to BNS this was the first time the procedure was applied in the European Union.

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