Recently on the basis of the complaint, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (hereinafter – the RTCL) carried out an investigation on the content of the programme “In the Centre of Events with Ana Prochorova” broadcast by the Russian television channel “TVCI” on 27 January 2017.
It found that the information published in the programme violated the provisions of Art.19 of the Lithuanian Republic Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, which prohibits the dissemination of disinformation and incitement to hatred.
“In the Centre of Events with Ana Prochorova” is an information programme, which reviews events in the world. In the broadcast of 27 January 2017 among other things, a reportage was broadcast about Lithuania and the events of 13 January 1991, when during the attack by the Soviet troops 14 Lithuanian civilians were killed.
The reportage disseminated biased and partial information on the mentioned events, stated that Lithuania’s withdrawal from the Soviet Union was illegal and violating international norms, that all Russian-speaking population in Lithuania was threatened to be killed, that the whole modern Lithuanian statehood foundation was built on a lie about those days, the 13th January events were presented negatively, mocking and derogatory.
Having analyzed the broadcast content and giving due consideration of the independent expert opinion, the RTCL concluded that the above-mentioned broadcast content contained disinformation and incitement to hatred, which is prohibited from being published by the Republic of Lithuania Law on the Provision of Information to the Public.
With this in view, on 22 February 2017 the RTCL decided to contact the broadcaster “TV TSENTR”, registered by the Russian Federation authority “Federal Service for Supervision of Communications Information Technology and Communications/ Roskomnadzor (RKN)” indicating to provide comments on the infringements no later than 24 March 2017.