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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 11 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    The Baltics: Making Sense of the Journalism Next Door

    An overview of the similarities - and more often, differences - in the media landscapes of the three Baltic states.
  • 28 August 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Double Homicide Continues To Captivate Lithuanian Press

    The most sensational criminal case in Lithuania's 21-year independent history involves murder, pedophilia and the mysterious deaths of prime suspects. Three years in, even some of the most stalwart press outlets in the Baltic nation continue to obsess over the gory details. Is it this partial, graphic crime reporting which has kept the public's attention focused on the case?
  • 6 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Biased journalism strains Lithuanian-Polish relations

    How much “loyalty” can be expected from ethnic minorities' media outlets towards their host country? The discussion is ongoing in Lithuania, where Kurier Wilenski, the newspaper of the Polish community, has been voicing an increasingly belligerent rhetoric against the Lithuanian state.
  • 12 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Can a journalist be forced to name a confidential source?

    If ordered by court to reveal a confidential source of information, what should a journalist do? Should she disclose it, and draw contempt and condemnation from all her colleagues in the media? Or should she defy the court ruling and protect her source by all means, abiding by the sacred value journalism ethics? This is the dilemma that the well-known Lithuanian journalist Laima Lavaste is currently facing.
  • 25 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Lithuania seeks to curb its banks’ appetite for media ownership

    Warning of pernicious ties between the financial sector and the media, Lithuanian authorities are set to pass law amendments prohibiting financial establishments from acquiring media outlets.
  • 21 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Unhappy about biography, Lithuanian basketball stars shake off public figure status

    A highly publicised court case in Lithuania involving the Lavrinoviciai twin-brother basketball stars is raising the question as to whether celebrities should be considered as public or private figures.
  • 9 November 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Can Lithuania get past its provincialism?

    Why is Lithuania the only country in the European Union with no press representation in Brussels?
  • 9 September 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Can one make a living as a freelance journalist in Lithuania?

    Being a freelance journalist in Lithuania might turn out to be quite a different experience from what it means in a Western European country or the US.
  • 20 July 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Wikileaks report reveals corruption in Lithuanian newspapers

    Earlier this month, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten ran a story on corruption in Lithuanian media, referring to a four-year-old report from the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, published by WikiLeaks in June. The US document exposed unethical and illegal practices in the two major daily Lithuanian newspapers Respublika and Lietuvos Rytas.
  • 1 July 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Lithuanian media heedful of economic ties with Belarus, lackadaisical on Lukashenko’s politics

    Pending new closures of opposition newspapers in Belarus, restrictive rules in terms of publication and circulation of print media and Lukashenko's dictatorial ranting against the independent press – these topics have attracted little, or no coverage at all in the mainstream Lithuanian media.
  • 10 June 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Russian broadcasters to benefit from Lithuanian round-the-clock ban on alcohol advertising

    With stringent limitations on alcohol advertising already in force that prohibit alcohol advertising on local TV and radio stations before 11 pm, Lithuania looks ready to step up its efforts to wipe out alcohol advertisements from Lithuanian TV screens and radio waves. This will happen if the current Alcohol Advertising Law, forbidding any form of alcohol advertising in Lithuanian media and on outdoor billboards will go into effect on 1 January 2012.
  • 17 May 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Why is hate speech flourishing on the Lithuanian Internet?

    Why is online hate speech flourishing in Lithuania? Can these malicious comments be attributed to a post-Soviet society? Are criminal judges doing enough to clamp down on internet slanderers? The topic in the Lithuanian media often goes unheeded.
  • 26 April 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Hefty EU allocations to Lithuanian media bend journalism ethics and standards

    The European Union in 2010 allocated a generous EUR 400,000 from its structural funds to 91 regional, local and ethnical minority-oriented newspapers in Lithuania. Although some editors view the EU project for the media as a nourishing artery, others are questioning the financial support in terms of journalism ethics and objectivity.