Ukraine war, Latvian politics bring attacks on Baltic media freedom

Juris Kaža
4 min readApr 30, 2022

A defense minister doubts extra funding for public service TV after a controversial interview, a parliament enables a broadcast watchdog to block “undesirable” internet sites to all users, a law is passed to revoke citizenship for expressing support for Russia in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine and journalists are accused of disloyalty or even treason on social media.

While these events all happened in Latvia, the war has generated controversy and criticisms of the media in all three countries, though less so in…

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Juris Kaža

A freelance journalist based in Riga, Latvia who has covered the country and region for 20 years. Speak native Latvian and English, fluent Swedish and German.