Wanted: Real crime and real journalism

  • 1999-09-23
  • By Blake Lambert
Blake Lambert goes behind the scenes at two of Latvia's popular reality-based crime shows - and finds government officials.At first, you see nothing but a countdown with a target backing the numbers three, two, one.A short, flat, electronic tone accompanies each number as it counts down in reverse order. All of a sudden, thumping techno music enters your ear drum and rapid-fire images of guns, criminals and police takedowns shoot past your eyeballs.It is Monday night on Latvia's TV 3 and "Kriminala Informacija," or Criminal Information, is back on the air, delving into the country's bleak u...
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