Concern about motives for dismissing director of popular current affairs programme

first_img Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts LatviaEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU LatviaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced support today for investigative TV journalist Arta Giga following her dismissal as director of state-owned LTV’s extremely popular weekly current affairs programme “De Facto”, which has on several occasions exposed abuse of authority and corruption by politicians.The LTV management announced on 11 June that she was being removed for breaking two rules – overrunning the scheduled programme length by several minutes and using a swearword. She has been offered a less important post.“We are very disturbed by this transfer,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is a disproportionate response to minor offences, one that seems to reflect an underlying desire to restrict investigative journalists’ access to popular programmes.”Giga has appealed against her removal but has received no response from the LTV management. Criticism of LTV’s news department began in February 2006, after the announcement of a restructuring by one of the station’s directors, Edgar Kots.Giga’s situation is not unique. Last year, Gundars Reders was removed as head of the news department, despite getting high ratings, and was appointed LTV’s Brussels correspondent. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Latvia June 2, 2021 Find out more News News June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about motives for dismissing director of popular current affairs programme RSF_en RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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