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    Lithuania Removes Restrictions on Russian TV Channels After EU Warning

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    The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission has removed restrictions on Russian TV channels after receiving a warning from the European Commission, the Lithuanian body's chairman said Wednesday.

    VILNIUS (Sputnik) — In early 2014, Russian RTR Planeta and NTV Mir Lithuania were relegated to a paid service due to allegations of incitement of ethnic hatred. In January 2015, broadcasts by the Ren-TV Baltiya Russian TV channel was suspended because its editorial line diverged from official Lithuanian government positions on the interpretations of certain events in Lithuanian history and its coverage of events in Ukraine.

    "After consultations with the European Commission, we considered that in this case, it was necessary to base [our decision] on the EU procedures on restricting the broadcasting of television programs," Edmundas Vaitekunas told the Baltic News Service (BNS) agency.

    Vaitekunas added that after the Commission changed its decision, rebroadcasters could make decisions on placing TV channels on paid packages themselves.

    "After the decision, all the liabilities and restrictions were annulled," the chairman stressed.

    The commission made the call back on June 22 but it was officially published on Tuesday.


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