Two-speed freedom

To each community its own media freedom. The Latvian-language media enjoy a great deal of independence. But the media that serve one third of the population of Latvia — those who speak mostly Russian — are strong supporters of the pro-Kremlin Harmony party (Saskaņa) and are riddled with propaganda and fake news. Defamation is still criminalized throughout Latvia, despite efforts to remove it from the Criminal Act. And, even worse, whistleblowers and leakers are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, especially if they publish true facts revealing corruption and misdeeds in the public sector.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



28 in 2015

Global score


18.12 in 2015


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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