The repeal of the two insult articles came after IPI and ARTICLE 19 conducted a joint mission to Lithuania, urging lawmakers to bring the country’s defamation law more in line with international standards.
A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said, following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
The Lithuanian intelligence services tapped the phones of at least 17 journalists with Vilnius-based Baltic News Services on a prosecutor’s orders in 2013 and 2014, it was learned this month. Officials also questioned journalists and seized computers in a bid to identify the source of a leak.
Human Rights Watch urges Parliament to reject law proposal forbidding public information that encourages homosexual relations.
WAN-IFRA calls on European governments to help ensure that Lithuania respects freedom of the press following approval of law that makes it a crime to ridicule someone.
The Lithuanian parliament should not revive a proposed law that had been vetoed by the president, to ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch asks government to veto proposed law that would ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places.
(WPFC/IFEX) – The following is a 27 December 2007 WPFC letter to the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania: Open letter to the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania The World Press Freedom Committee is very concerned by a recent decision, by a vote of 11-1 of Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission, to “protect” Lithuanian […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is an 8 September 2006 CPJ press release: Lithuanian security agents seize all copies of newspaper Paper was to report on alleged political corruption New York, September 8, 2006 – The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores Lithuanian security agents’ seizure of all 15,000 copies of the semimonthly Laisvas Laikrastis (Free Newspaper), […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 21 September 2004 CPJ press release: KREMLIN PRESSURES LITHUANIA TO CLOSE PRO-CHECHEN WEB SITE New York, September 21, 2004-Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) closed the pro-Chechen Web site KavkazCenter on Friday after coming under intense pressure from the Kremlin, according to local and international press reports. The closure came […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 1 October 2003 CPJ press release: LITHUANIA: Court issues mixed decision on pro-independence Chechen Web site New York, October 1, 2003-The Second District Court in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius yesterday ruled that the State Security Department overstepped its authority when it shuttered the pro-independence Chechen Web site KavkazCenter […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is an 18 September 2003 CPJ press release: LITHUANIA: Authorities detain and expel film crew New York, September 18, 2003-Lithuanian border guards detained and expelled a film crew from the independent, Moscow-based national television station NTV on Sunday, September 14, after they filmed a protest on a train near the Lithuanian-Russian […]
(WAN/IFEX) – The following is a WAN press release: President Responds to WAN Protest The President of Lithuania has ordered an investigation into the activities of a security agent who was videotaped asking a reporter to provide “compromising information” about the newspaper Respublika. In a letter and in a telephone call to the World Association […]