13 August 1999

Alert

Lithuanian Parliament to consider restrictions to press law


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(IFJ/IFEX) - The IFJ is disturbed by proposed amendments to the 1996
Lithuanian
law on the media. According to the IFJ's information, these amendments
propose the creation of a Media Protection Commission. The IFJ believes that
these amendments will permit censorship to be imposed by Lithuania's
politicians.




The IFJ believes that self-regulation is the appropriate method for the
enforcement of ethical standards, and this was a process which Lithuania
seemed to have accepted in 1996. An important element of regulation is that
it should be independent of the control or influence of politicians and
heads of state. Under the current amendments, this would not be the case.

Recommended Action


Send appeals to the chairman of Parliament:

  • expressing the view that these proposals are attacks on freedom of
    expression
  • urging him to ensure that they do not become law
  • noting that if they do, Lithuania will regress considerably in its
    respect
    for this fundamental human right




    Appeals To



    Vytautas Landsbergis
    Chairman
    Lithuanian Parliament
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Fax: +370 2 227 875







    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.





  • Source

    International Federation of Journalists
    International Press Centre, Residence Palace
    Bloc C, second floor, Rue de la Loi, 155
    1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Fax:+ 32 2 2352219
    Lithuania
     
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