Parliament passes broadcast language law

  • 2010-07-15
  • TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvian parliament has passed a revised version of the broadcast language law that President Valdis Zatlers vetoed, with the new version including his intended changes.

The bill requires that broadcast media include at least 65% of its content in the national language. The bill was met with harsh criticism from the Russian foreign ministry. 

“Such action by Latvian authorities reaffirms how justified the Russian side had been in repeatedly expressing concern about the Latvian law, which restricts the internationally recognized rights of national minorities, including in relation to the use of language,” the Russian foreign ministry said.