This Wednesday the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK) adopted a decision to temporarily suspend the rebroadcasting of the whole television programme “RTR Planeta” on the territory of Lithuania. The programme is registered in Sweden, but the content is produced and disseminated by the Russian company VGTRK.
It has to be reminded that in April last year after having determined that the content of the programme “Vesti nedeli” (”Week news”) incited to hatred, instigated military moods, approved military intervention into a sovereign state and disseminated biased information, LRTK made a decision for the first time to obligate the rebroadcasters of television programmes, who disseminate the television programme “RTR Planeta” for the Lithuanian viewers, to suspend for 3 months rebroadcasting of those parts of the programme, which are produced in the countries other than the EU Member States, states of the European Economic Area and other European states – parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Transfrontier Television, on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.
On 18 January this year, similar kind of information was determined by the LRTK for the second time in the programme “Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovjov”. In accordance with the procedure laid down in the Audiovisual Media Service Directive, the LRTK notified the producer of the programme, the authority, which registered the programme and the European Commission on the persistent infringements.
The procedure foresees that if during the consultations with the transmitting state and the European Commission the amicable settlement within 15 days from the notification is not produced and the infringements persist, the regulating authority has the right to suspend the rebroadcasting of the whole programme.
As the amicable settlement was not reached, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania adopted the decision to suspend the rebroadcasting of the whole programme for the 3 months‘ period on the territory of Lithuania in accordance with the provisions of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive and the Law on the Provision of Information to the public.
This decision will come into force on 13 April 2015.