Lithuania follows totalitarian laws, while Sputnik fights against intolerance and…

Summary

Lithuania follows totalitarian laws, while Sputnik fights against intolerance and intransigence and is therefore considered a dissident publication in Lithuania. // The Baltic States use Soviet methods to combat Sputnik journalists.

Disproof

No evidence given for the claims. All three Baltic states are well functioning democracies and members of the EU, thereby they adhere to the Treaty of the European Union which is founded on democracy and pluralism, among other fundamental values bit.ly/2oTuWY7, . Furthermore, Estonia ranks 12th in the world on the 2017 World Press Freedom, with Latvia on 28th place and Lithuania on 36th place out of 180 countries bit.ly/1YGtJug, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 68
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2017
  • Language/target audience: Romania
  • Country: Baltic states, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Democracy, Sputnik
  • Outlet: The editor-in-chief of TV channel Russia Today and of international press agency “Rossiya Segodnya” Margarita Symonian in Sputnik
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Disproof

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Disproof

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