Latvia pulls Dozhd TV channel’s license

Latvia pulls Dozhd TV channel’s license

Baku, December 6, AZERTAC

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has revoked the broadcasting license of Dozhd TV (or TV Rain, declared to be a foreign agent media in Russia), the council’s head Ivars Abolins wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, according to TASS.

"Due to a threat to national security and public order, today, the NEPLP made a decision to cancel the broadcasting license of the Dozhd TV channel. Broadcasts by the Dozhd TV channel will stop on Thursday, December 8," his statement said.

The Latvian broadcasting authority decided that the TV channel’s leadership does not realize the gravity of its violations and therefore cannot operate on the Baltic country’s territory, Abolins said.

On December 2, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said that a process was launched to rescind the TV channel staff’s permit for staying in the country. Dozhd received its broadcasting license in Latvia on June 6.

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