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Civil Code amendments threaten free speech

The adopted amendments to the Lithuanian Civil Code constitute a threat to free speech, says civil law expert Valentinas Mikelėnas, professor at the Vilnius University. […]

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. […]

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili

Attempts to restrict media freedom in Georgia ‘worrying’, Lithuanian PM tells Georgian counterpart

After a meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius has said that attempts to restrict freedom of the press in Georgia are worrying. […]

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Lithuanian parliament backs president’s anti-propaganda bill

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday backed amendments, drafted by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, on countering hostile propaganda, after 79 lawmakers voted in favour, four were against and 27 abstained. […]