13 August 1999


Lithuanian Parliament to consider restrictions to press law

Incident details


(IFJ/IFEX) - The IFJ is disturbed by proposed amendments to the 1996
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

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
  • urging him to ensure that they do not become law
  • noting that if they do, Lithuania will regress considerably in its
    for this fundamental human right

    Appeals To

    Vytautas Landsbergis
    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
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