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EU state closes liberal Russian TV channel

The country’s media regulator cited security reasons for cracking down on TV Dozhd

Latvia’s media regulator has revoked the broadcast license of exiled liberal Russian channel TV Dozhd (TV Rain) after its anchor claimed live on air that the channel had been helping the Russian military. The channel has since said the anchor misspoke and promptly fired him.

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) cited cases in which the channel showed a map depicting Crimea as Russian territory, called the Russian troops “our army,” and expressed “possible support for the Russian Army,” according to news agency LETA. The regulator also noted that TV Dozhd does not provide subtitles in Latvian in its shows.

“The NEPLP is convinced that the management of TV Rain does not understand and does not realize the significance and seriousness of the violations and, therefore, cannot operate on the territory of Latvia,” the regulator’s head, Ivars Abolins, said.


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The regulator previously fined the channel €10,000 ($10,538) for displaying Crimea as part of Russia rather than Ukraine. 

The recent controversy erupted on Thursday when anchor Aleksey Korostelyov said: “We hope that we have helped many service members, including, for example, with equipment and basic comforts on the frontline.” The channel previously encouraged drafted Russian reservists to email their stories from the frontline.



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