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Estonia to Read Sputnik News More Closely

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The Estonian government is not banning the Sputnik international news agency in the country, but is closely monitoring its activities, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said Monday.

TALLINN (Sputnik) – In March, Estonia’s neighbor Latvia notified Sputnik of suspending its dissemination within the.lv domain zone found in purported violation of EU regulation.

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"The government reacts to this [emergence of Sputnik in the country] based on the principles of openness and freedom of speech in Estonia. We are not banning their activity until they violate Estonian laws, but we shall monitor their activity," Roivas told the parliament.

Answering an official request of the EKRE party, Roivas said that the Estonian governmental agencies considered Sputnik neither a journalist organization, nor a media outlet that expressed free opinions.

"We monitor hostile propaganda and reveal its mechanisms to the society."

Sputnik is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites, analog and digital radio, mobile apps and social media. Sputnik newswires run around the clock in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

Sputnik International News Agency and Radio launched its bilingual Estonian news portal in February.

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