The Baltic states, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, want to establish a joint television station in Russian.
The decision was taken after Lithuania and Latvia blocked the transmission of two Russian-language stations for three months on the grounds that their coverage of the Ukraine crisis was biased. Columnist Alexander Nosovics ridicules the new project in the Russian-language daily MKLatvija:
The joint TV station will broadcast the ‘right information’, as an alternative to Russian propaganda.
… The politicians in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are now pursuing the methods dear to the erstwhile Communist Party secretaries and heads of propaganda. … The BBC and Voice of America were banned for thirty years, and now it’s the Russian stations NTV and RTR.
… The best thing would be for the new station’s reports to be produced by representatives of the parties in power in the three Baltic states who are at least 50 years old. Because they know best what Soviet-style propaganda should look like.