The National Council of Electronic Media of Latvia (NEPLP) decided to cancel the Latvian license of the Russian TV channel "Rain".
This is reported by Delfi.
The head of NEPLP Ivars Abolinsh explained that the decision was made taking into account the interests of state security and public order.
The decision was made after assessing a complex of violations committed recently: the absence of a soundtrack in the state language for broadcasts, the depiction of Crimea on the map as part of the territory of Russia, the allowed TV presenter to call the Russian army "our army", a possible expression of support for the Russian army.
The information received from the State Security Service was also evaluated, the content of which Abolinsh does not disclose.
"After assessing the totality of violations, NEPLP found confidence that the management of Rain TV channel is not aware of the significance and seriousness of the violations, therefore it cannot act on the territory of Latvia," he said.
The decision will enter into force on the night of December 8, when "Rain" must stop broadcasting in Latvia.
Considering that "Rain" broadcasts its programs not only on television, but also on the YouTube platform, NEPLP will request that the "Rain" channel be geo-blocked on this platform so that the content becomes unavailable in Latvia. "In Russia, they can speak freely on the Internet," Abolinsh added.
Earlier, "Rain" announced that the fragment of the program with the presenter's words about "helping" the Russian military was deleted, and cooperation with the presenter himself was stopped.
It also became known that the Latvian regulator NEPLP fined "Dosh" 10,000 euros for a map on which the channel marked the occupied Crimea as part of Russia and the name of the Russian army "ours".