Seimas speaker, security chief alarmed over TV3 sale

TV3 TV camera

Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and State Security Department chief Darius Jauniškis on Tuesday discussed the possible plans of the Swedish media concern Modern Times Group (MTG) to sell its business in the Baltic states, including the TV3 television group.

"In the media field, we are alarmed by the sale of TV3. We spoke about who could be the future owner," the parliament's leader told journalists after the meeting.

In his words, ownership may have an impact on the content of the TV channel.

"This may be an early concern. As soon as there were media reports about the plans to sell it, of course, we started thinking about the potential buyers," said Pranckietis.

Jauniškis, the security chief, also said that the future TV3 handover was alarming.

"The main thing is who the investors are, we want to avoid influence from the East," he added.

Jauniškis confirmed that the State Security Department, the Defence Ministry and other institutions were increasingly actively involved in deconstruction of the misinformation from Russia. In his words, they only need to pool their efforts and have a shared stance.

"As far as I've heard, creation of the Crisis Management Center at the government is in progress. This would be the good news and a good achievement where we could focus the information, draw conclusions, deconstruct and plan our actions," said the security chief.

The media reports about the Swedish media concern's plans to sell its business in the Baltic states came in late November.

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