The suspension of "RTR Planeta" is compatible with EU law

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On 4 May 2018 the European Commission (EC) decided that the Radio and Television Commission’s of Lithuanian measure to suspend for twelve months the retransmission of a Russian language channel "RTR Planeta" due to incitement to hatred, is compatible with EU law.

According to the EC, Lithuania demonstrated that there have been manifest, serious and grave infringements of the prohibition of incitement to hatred in the broadcasts of "RTR Planeta".

The EC decision highlights the importance of the fight against hate speech and states that Lithuania's temporary suspension of the broadcasts of "RTR Planeta" is proportionate and justified.

 

The European Commission decision

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Last updated: 17-05-2018