Members of the Seimas, Lithuania’s parliament, are alleged to have meddled in the operations of the public broadcasting service, LRT, via a special parliamentary committee set up to “investigate LRT’s activities.” The leading national media enjoy freedom of expression, which is guaranteed by the state. But the situation is problematic at the regional level, where local newspapers often depend on regional political parties and their leaders. The issue of “fake news” allegedly spread by the Kremlin is also a subject of debate. Repeated hacker attacks last year on certain media outlets, including the news agency BNS and the TV channel TV3, have helped to create a climate of insecurity among Lithuania’s journalists.
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