Lithuania’s Masked Ball, Media Freedom and Press Intimidation in the Baltic States.

A security services raid (Autumn 2013) on the offices of the Baltic News Service in Vilnius raises troubling questions on the safety of journalistic sources and how to respond to intimidation from the security services or government agents.

A journalist from each Baltic country was asked to write a report on the issue with recent cases. The stories were discussed by the authors in a conference organized by the Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalists in Riga, December 2013.

 

 

Videos and presentations from the conference can be found here - Lithuania’s Masked Ball 
 

The Project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

This conference has been organised with the support of EEA grants and the financial support of Latvia.

To Reveal or Not to Reveal?

The law enforcement attack on the BNS news agency journalists took place 11 years after the Lithuanian Constitutional Court delivered its interpretation of when a journalist must disclose a source of information. But it seems that was still too little time for interpretation to be carried over to the law.

A Summary of Police Contacts with Media in Latvia

There have been a number of encounters by the Latvian media with various law enforcement authorities or people using the criminal and civil law to attempt to repress, intimidate or silence reporters, editors and bloggers.

Let's Imprison Troublesome Journalists! An Estonian Example

The Estonian minister of justice pushed through a law that in theory permits the imprisonment of journalists who refuse to give up their sources, but the law has never been never used - so far.

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To Reveal or Not to Reveal?

A Summary of Police Contacts with Media in Latvia

Let's Imprison Troublesome Journalists! An Estonian Example