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13th January 2021
In Latvia, support for public service media is strong but neither politicians nor people appear ready to invest more to keep standards of journalism high. Several battles are ahead, including over the funding model and the independent character of public media.
The maturity of any democratic system and civil society can often be judged by the state of the national public service media. It is a fact I was recently reminded of during the presentation of Jānis Juzefovičs’ study Public Service Media and Society: Attitudes, Views, and Expectations. Study into Audience of the Latvian Television and Latvian Radio and the following discussion about the adoption of a new Public Service Media Governance Law by the Saeima (Parliament of Latvia).