On 5 April 2017 the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (hereinafter – the RTCL) adopted a decision to suspend for one month the free reception of the Russian Federation television channel “TVCI”, which is re-broadcast in the territory of Lithuania by several audiovisual service providers. The decision came into force after it was sanctioned by the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court on 12 April 2017.
The RTCL established that the information published in the programme „In the Center of Events with Ana Prochorova” on 27 January 2017 by the television channel “TVCI” violated the Lithuanian Republic Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, which prohibits dissemination of disinformation and incitement to hatred.
„In the Center of Events with Ana Prochorova” is a news programme, which, among other things reviews events in the world. The reportage of the progamme covered the events of 13th January 1991 in Lithuania, when the Soviet military troops attacked the TV center in the cause of which 14 people were killed. The published information was one-sided, biased, defamatory and inciting to hatred.
The senior heads of the company visited the RTCL to make explanations in regards to the broadcast information. They regretted the situation, but could not guarantee such kind of information would not be repeated in the future.