Limited freedom

The media in Lithuania are reputedly independent and free to criticize the government, but not always the big business interests. Journalists' sources are well protected since the adoption in 2014 of amendments to the law on the provision of information to the public. But defamation is still punishable by fines or imprisonment. A small number of national and foreign companies own the media. Legislation prohibits banks from investing in media outlets but they circumvent the ban by means of holding companies. Media offices can be searched at any time, and journalists have been wiretapped.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



35 in 2016

Global score


19.95 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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