We developed a comparative study on the differences in media legislation across the Baltic states. The study was prepared pro bono for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, as well as for the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, an organisation that promotes professional growth, media intelligence and critical thinking, and strives for positive change in journalism and the communities it serves.
The comparative study examines the differences in media legislation across the Baltic states. The research covers the legal restrictions on the rights of journalists and media, and obstructions to access to information and media work, and provides possible solutions and legal advice.
A significant element of the research was a focus on competition issues regarding municipality-backed media outlets. Additionally, the study included key case law, and practical examples to help journalists to understand how the law applies to them.
The legal research on media law will be used in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s training of journalists in the Baltic states. The study will also support independent media outlets to better understand the current legal landscape and its impact on the media, with a view to more efficiently promoting independent journalism.
The project team comprised counsel Stasys Drazdauskas, partner Ieva Andersone, partner Mihkel Miidla, associate Oliver Kuusk, associate Paulius Mockevičius, and legal assistants Lūcija Strauta and Jürgen Adamson.