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Russian-language media in Latvia can’t be professional – They lie


Russian media in Latvia too loyal to Moscow

A third of Latvia’s inhabitants speak Russian, which is why many Russian-language media are popular there.

Media expert Anda Rožkalne criticises their pro-Moscow coverage on the web portal of the public broadcaster LSM:

“The hopes that the Russian media in Latvia would finally wake up at the end of the year have not been fulfilled. They should really know by now that Russian media tell lies, falsify information and use unreliable sources. This is why the Russian-language media in Latvia can’t be professional. … Unfortunately this won’t change much in the future either. They will continue to do this and provide their shrinking audiences with information they describe as credible. But the only credible alternative would by a strong and more diverse TV channel in Russian.”


Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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