On March 19, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania once again discussed the content of the information disseminated by the Russian television programmes, which are provided in Lithuania by the transmission operators under the Lithuanian jurisdiction.
As the result of the monitoring of the television programmes rebroadcasted over electronic communications networks, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania found that on 10 March 2014 the television programme NTV Mir Lithuania rebroadcasted on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania showed the broadcast “The damned. A trap for the Alpha group”, which deliberately disseminated false information (disinformation) about the events in Lithuania on 13 January 1991, offensively and outrageously denied and grossly derogated the fact of the 1991 USSR aggression against the Republic of Lithuania when the USSR committed very severe crimes against the population of the Republic of Lithuania, which fact is recognized by effective judgements of the courts of the Republic of Lithuania and by Lithuanian legislation, mocked at the people of Lithuania and outraged the memory of fighters for the Lithuanian independence.
The Commission decided that the published information meets the criteria listed in Article 19(1)(3) and Article 19(2) of the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public of the Republic of Lithuania and is prohibited from being published in the media.
In accordance with the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public the Radio and Television Commission decided to oblige the transmission operators of television programmes falling within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Lithuania to suspend, for 3 months following the coming into effect of this decision, rebroadcasting of broadcasts (parts of the programme) from non-EU member states, states of the European Economic Area and other states that ratified the Convention of the Council of Europe on Transfrontier Television which are included in the television programme NTV Mir Lithuania on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.
This decision was sanctioned by the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court and came into force on March 21. All transmission operators falling within the Lithuanian jurisdiction will be bound by this decision until June 21.