Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has informed the UK regulator Ofcom about violations of Lithuanian and European laws by the Russian channel NTV Mir Baltic.
In a statement, it says that the channel, which is licensed in the UK, was investigated after it broadcast a programme (“Weekly Results”) that aimed to form a hostile opinion of the behaviour of Lithuania during the Second World War.
After approaching the Lithuanian Institute of History to evaluate its findings, LRTK concluded that the programme contained information prohibited by the Public Information Act.
After also approaching Ofcom, the Lithuanian regulator demanded that such violations are not repeated in the future and warned that it may suspend the channel.
LRTK has in addition informed Baltic Media Alliance Ltd, the operator of NTV Mir Baltic, about the violations.
In a separate development, LRTK has approached the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court to stop Vintera TV from unlawfully distributing TV programmes over the internet.
In its investigations, the regulator found that six websites were being used for such illegal activities.