Vaitekūnas re-appointed head of Lithuania's radio and TV watchdog

Edmundas Vaitekūnas

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday re-appointed Edmundas Vaitekūnas for another term of office as chairman of the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK).

In a secret ballot, his re-appointment was approved by 72 votes in favor, 18 against and 12 abstentions.

"I am glad that our decisions, particularly those in the context of national security, were the only of their kind in the European Union," Vaitekūnas, who has headed the LRTK since March 2015, told the Seimas.

The commission supervises radio and television broadcasters and re-broadcasters operating in Lithuania and participates in the formation of the state's audio-visual policy.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea, the watchdog has been closely monitoring the contents of broadcasts by Russian channels and has imposed sanctions on some of them for inciting war and ethnic hatred.

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