The Electronic Media Law

Original Language Title: Elektronisko plašsaziņas līdzekļu likums

Subscribe to a Global-Regulation Premium Membership Today!

Key Benefits:

Subscribe Now

Read the untranslated law here: https://www.vestnesis.lv/ta/id/214039

The Saeima has adopted and the President promulgated the following laws: the electronic media Act Chapter I. General provisions article 1. The terms used in the law, the law is applied in the following terms: 1) broadcast — the set of operations that provide electronic media and broadcasting, distribution and immediate reception via public electronic communications networks;
2 broadcast coverage area), the area in which the transmitter signal intensity matches the quality of service criteria for each type of reception by international agreements on broadcasting;
3) digital audio and audiovisual media services — a service that should be in electronic media editorial responsibility and whose main task is using public electronic communications networks, provide public information, entertainment or educational programmes;
4) audio and audiovisual commercial communication, advertising on television or radio, sponsorship, television or radio store, product placement and other audio, Visual or audiovisual communications that are placed in the broadcast, hosted by it before the broadcast or in return for payment or for similar consideration or for self-promotional purposes, and to directly or indirectly advertised their party goods, services or image of that economic activities;
5) free tv – public and commercial electronic media provide access to free of charge;
6) partial screen ads — ads that frame sits on the side of the screen at the same time with the show moving lines, logo, short advertising spots or other ads;
7) electronic medium — the individuals to which the statutory order is issued to the retransmission of the broadcast licence or permission or that the operation of this law has registered in the national electronic media Council;
8) electronic media the audiovisual service on request, electronic media provide a service that is provided at the request of a recipient of the service within the time designated on the basis of the electronic media in advance of the proposed broadcast catalog;
9) conditional access control device, software, or other solution, which allows the service to receive only an authorized user;
10) prolonged advertising — advertising story, the duration of which exceeds 90 seconds;
11) interactive (interact) advertising-advertising form during use of the Viewer is given the opportunity to access more detailed advertising content;
12) cable tv programs and broadcasting distribution, using mostly cable;
13) independent producer: an individual who is not a digital medium, but the way the film, advertising, radio, television or deal with programming;
14) self-promotion — a statement that electronic media feature distributes its program or broadcast, informing about your program or programmes, or for derivative works, which are directly derived from the programmes or broadcasts;
15) individuals: individual, private-law legal person or Association of such persons;
16) product placement: any audio and audiovisual commercial communication, which includes products, services, or their trademarks, or references to the respective products, services or their trade marks and who is played in a broadcast for payment or for similar consideration;
17) program — the electronic media broadcast created or set of programmes with common name;
18) distribution: the transfer of the programme to the technical means of broadcasting and transmission for public reception open or protected service, using public electronic communications networks;
19) public reception: the ability to perceive the electronic media or broadcast programs disseminated catalogue free of charge or for a consideration at any point in the distribution of public electronic communication network coverage area;
20) radio shop window: a radio shop, which lasts more than 15 minutes;
21) radio shop-direct to the public addressed audio communication with a view to the supply of goods for consideration, including real estate or services, rights and obligations;
22) broadcast-audio or audiovisual works, which form a distinct unit in or broadcast. Broadcast is separate from the common programs with the release of the data;
23) broadcasts for program distribution for public reception. This term does not include the services upon request;
broadcasting time: 24 h 24) during the period in which the electronic media feature distributes the program in a specific territory;
25) raidstund — the period that lasts from each respective 24 full hours the first minute until the last minute, including;
26) advertising: any notice, which is distributed for a fee or other compensation, as well as with the trade, business, craft or profession related to the broadcast of any person that is created for the purpose of advertising to promote the supply of goods, including real estate and services, rights and obligations, in return for payment or other consideration, as well as political advertising;
27) — promotional spot advertising story, the duration of which shall not exceed 90 seconds;
28) — Latvia or retransmission spread abroad programs capture and immediate full or partial dissemination of other public electronic communications network, without making the programme or broadcast content of any amendments. For the content of the amendments is not considered to be a translation of the programme or broadcast (duplicating or subtitrēj), if committed with the consent of the right holder;
29) public order: the public for vast and varied collection of programs funded and monitored by the company;
30) satellite tv and satellite radio — the program and broadcast distribution via satellite;

31) hidden audio and audiovisual media in the electronic commercial communication — goods, services, names, trade marks, or the activities of a producer of goods or a provider of services rendering of words or pictures, if such representation of the digital medium is consciously intended as audio or audiovisual commercial communication, but it is liable to mislead the public as to the nature of this communication. Such representation is considered to be intentional in particular if it intended the placement takes place in return for payment or for similar consideration;
32) sponsorship: any broadcast or audio and audiovisual works, broadcast in the program or create a non-person contribution to electronic media or broadcast with a view to promoting its name, its trade mark, its image, its activities or its products;
33) television shop window: a television shop, which lasts more than 15 minutes;
34) television shop-direct to the public addressed to audiovisual communication in order to offer for a fee or other compensation items, including real estate or services, rights and obligations;
35) virtual advertising: advertising that is electronically posted to frame the image the broadcast time;
36) ground transmitter: a transmitter, which transmits the program of electronic media and broadcasts disseminating the signal with an antenna without artificial driver of any radio communication, which are surrounded by the radio or radio astronomy;
37) Earth station — located on the surface of electronic prescriptions network electronic media broadcasts and programs delivered to the technical means of transmission, which is located in space.
2. article. The law's purpose and scope (1) of the Act governs the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media operational procedures and regulations.
(2) the objectives of this law are: 1 the word and believe) to ensure freedom of expression, socially significant information to the general availability and does not interfere with the free, democratic discussion and development, opening up the possibility for each population independently to create views on the ongoing processes in the country and thus promoting him as the democratic participation of members of the public with these processes in the development of related decision;
2) to determine the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media creation, registration, transactions and surveillance procedures regardless of the manner in which the information intended for reception by the public, will be broadcast in digital communication networks;
3) determine the public electronic media, the legal status and supervision procedures, providing public electronic media programming and distributing the necessary sources of funding and financing arrangements;
4) promote public integration to the Latvian language; the performance of the State language law, promoting the Latvian language as the State language of Latvia's constitutional function of full implementation, especially to cater to it serves the entire population of Latvia's total mutual interaction language; to ensure its conservation and use, in determining the public interest according to the order in which the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media used national language in prime time, and at the same time providing for the right to use the electronic media and other minority languages.
(3) the provisions of this law are applicable to electronic media for the dissemination of audiovisual programmes Web environment, where the program there is distributed in the unaltered state without the use of technical means of recording. Provisions of this Act do not apply to other types of audiovisual information is posted and available in the internet environment.
(4) the provisions of this Act do not apply to the electronic media services intended for reception in States which are not members of the European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, and Member States directly or indirectly with the standard otherwise not perceived by the public in one or more Member States of the European Union, as well as the European Convention on Transfrontier Television in the Member States.
Chapter II. Electronic media article 3. Under the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media (1) the jurisdiction of Latvia is in the electronic media, in accordance with the second paragraph of this article, the economic activities in Latvia or to meet the conditions referred to in the third subparagraph.
(2) to determine whether the electronic media feature economic activities in Latvia, is considered in the following cases: 1) If Latvia has electronic media location of the Management Board and the editorial decisions about the digital media services are accepted in Latvia, then considered that the digital medium economic activities in Latvia;
2) If Latvia has the electronic Board of the media location, but editorial decisions on electronic media action taken in another Member State of the European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, the Member States considered that the economic activity is carried out in the country in which the work in electronic media activity a significant part of the workforce involved in the pursuit. If the electronic media activity a significant part of the workforce involved in working in both countries, then it is considered that the digital medium economic activities in the country, which is the location of the Board. If you are not in one of these States do not work in electronic media activity a significant part of the workforce involved in the pursuit, then considered that the electronic medium of economic activities in the country where it first started operations in accordance with their national law, provided that it maintains a stable and effective link with the economy of the country concerned;
3) if electronic media Board location is in Latvia, but editorial decisions on electronic media activity adopted in the country, which is not a Member State of the European Union, or vice-versa, it shall be deemed that the economic activity is carried out in Latvia, in Latvia, provided that the work in electronic media activity a significant part of the workforce involved in the pursuit.

(3) the jurisdiction of Latvia is in the electronic media, which are not applicable to this article, the provisions of part two, but who meet the following conditions: 1) they use a satellite earth station, located in the territory of Latvia;
2) they use a satellite earth station, located in the territory of Latvia, but uses a satellite belonging to Latvia.
(4) If the Member State of the European Union jurisdiction over electronic media, could not be established in accordance with the second paragraph of article 1, paragraphs 2 and 3 of the regulations, it is considered that it is the Member State in which the electronic media business operations are carried out by the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union and in article 50.56.
4. article. Digital media (1) electronic media, classified according to their business objectives and the form of distribution, as well as coverage area.
(2) the objective of the action of electronic media shall be broken down in public, commercial and non-commercial electronic media.
(3) after the distribution of the types of electronic media are divided into terrestrial, satellite, cable, internet and other electronic media.
(4) when the accommodation area of electronic media, which broadcast permit issued, classified into national, regional, local and cross-border electronic media. The breakdown in national, regional and local electronic media applies to electronic media that are distributed with the ground transmitter.
5. article. The public electronic media (1) the public electronic media is a public corporation created and operate in accordance with this law, the law "on State and local government owned capital shares and enterprises", commercial law and regulations, as well as the Statute, subject to the approval of the national electronic media Council (hereinafter the Council).
(2) the public electronic media capital invested in national treasure. The national electronic media Council has public shareholders in the Corporation, and shall perform the functions of the meeting of members. The Council for the holding of the shares from the public electronic media.
(3) the public electronic media, the main task of public service programming and distribution.
6. article. Commercial electronic media (1) commercial electronic media are legal registered business agents.
(2) commercial electronic media, their activities are provided with financial income from the same business, sponsorship or subscription payments for programs.
7. article. Non-commercial electronic media (1) non-commercial electronic media activities not motivated by profit, and the service provided is intended for a specific audience with common interests.
(2) commercial electronic media services, or in any other prohibited electronic media program and broadcast retransmission, as well as audio and audiovisual commercial communication.
(3) non-commercial electronic media feature that uses its services or programs, distribution services, redistribute other electronic media based programs or broadcasts, receiving the commercial or non-commercial electronic media licences and advance coordination with the National Council of electronic media.
8. article. Cross-border electronic media (1) for cross-border electronic media are considered to be those media, which in Latvia with the ground or satellite transmitters or of public electronic communications networks for broadcasting or retransmission, which directly or indirectly can be perceived in one or more countries outside the territory of Latvia.
(2) in the case of cross-border electronic media this law applies norms that govern broadcasting or retransmission.
9. article. The national electronic media (1) on the national electronic media are considered to be those media, which can receive the services provided most of the population, or which program broadcast coverage area is the country most and which are available for most of the population, as far as the second part of this article provides otherwise.
(2) in relation to the distribution of television programmes on the national electronic media are to be considered as such by the media, which created the television program broadcast coverage area is at least 99 percent of the territory of Latvia.
(3) the national electronic media Council may allow the first paragraph of this article of the national electronic media to increase the coverage of programmes broadcast area, if provided for in the electronic media sector in the national strategy.
10. article. Regional electronic media (1) on the regional electronic media are considered to be those media which broadcast coverage area is not less than 20 per cent of the territory of Latvia, in so far as the second part of this article provides otherwise.
(2) in relation to the distribution of television programmes on the regional electronic media are to be considered as such by the media, which created the television program broadcast coverage area is at least one for Latvia in binding international agreements for regional programming under the broadcasting area of the broadcast area.
(3) the national electronic media Council can authorize the regional electronic media to increase the coverage of programmes broadcast area, if provided for in the electronic media sector in the national strategy.
11. article. Local electronic media on the local electronic media are considered to be those media which broadcast coverage area is less than this law, laid down in article 10 of the regional electronic media coverage area.

12. article. Electronic media television program broadcast on a low electronic media television programs to terrestrial broadcasting digitally.
13. article. Electronic media distribution (1) State joint stock company "Latvian State radio and television Centre ' task is to ensure that the electronic media radio program distribution in analog format, which does not have its own technical means of distribution. This provision does not apply to the kabeļradi and satellite radio, broadcasting digitally on the ground.
(2) State joint stock company "Latvian State radio and tv Centre" provides the public electronic media was radio program distribution in the territory of the analog format.
(3) article 72 of this law in a specific merchant's job is to ensure that the electronic media distribution of television programmes digitally, with no technical means of distribution. This provision does not apply to cable and satellite tv.
(4) State joint stock company "Latvian State radio and tv Centre" provides its infrastructure article 72 of this law in the electronic media, the operator to program the land broadcasting digitally.
14. article. The electronic media's dominance, the prohibition of abuse will not be tolerated in the electronic media's abuse of a dominant position. On dominant position within the meaning of this law is considered a situation in which the electronic media in Latvia's market share on the relevant market exceeds 35 percent.
Chapter III. Retransmission of broadcasting licences, permits and registration of electronic media in article 15. (1) the broadcasting rights for broadcasting rights is the right to create and distribute the program in prime time, a specific geographical area and type.
(2) the broadcasting rights to be allocated according to the digital media sector to the national strategy. Broadcasting rights granted shall not be transferable except referred to in the third subparagraph.
(3) public-private partnership law in the national electronic media Council is entitled to transfer the concession to another person (also for existing digital media feature) in the public electronic media program and the initial distribution. In this case the broadcasting permit is issued for the concession contract period not exceeding five years. On the following broadcast of the permit the State fee is not payable.
(4) the broadcasting rights are granted on the basis of the application of the person. If the electronic media is necessary for the operation of radio frequency resource, broadcast rights granted by tender.
(5) if the expected program broadcast coverage area wholly or mostly other European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television of the territory of a Member State, the national electronic media Council before the broadcast award, consult with the national electronic media supervisory authority.
(6) on the basis of the electronic media sector in national strategies, broadcast rights, without competition and limitation is first allocated to public media. On the broadcast of the public issue of the electronic media in the country does not pay the fees.
(7) the broadcast spectrum technical used in accordance with the electronic communications law plans to public joint stock company "electronic communications Directorate". On the spectrum of technical plan, as well as free allocation of frequencies which can be granted the right to broadcast, public joint stock company "electronic communications Directorate provides information to national electronic media Council.
16. article. Broadcast award tender (1) national electronic media Council in accordance with this Act and the electronic media sector in the national strategy shall be advertised to broadcast award defined geographical territory national, regional or local electronic media (9, 10 and 11).
(2) the notice of invitation to tender shall be published in the national electronic media Council homepage on internet, in the newspaper "Gazette", as well as a local newspaper, if the contest is opened for regional or local broadcasting. The announcement shall specify the following: 1) electronic media activity (commercial or non-commercial electronic media);
2) requirements for application (electronic media activities), the amount of broadcasting time, language arrangements, programs and other requirements by the national electronic media competition, the Council laid down rules;
3) accommodation area;
4) broadcasting licences;
5) start-up time;
6) tender the membership fee;
7) application deadline.
(3) the competition is open to natural persons, and in Latvia, Member States of the European Union and European economic area countries registered legal entities or natural and legal persons associations.
(4) the contestant shall apply where: 1) natural person: name, surname, personal code;
2) legal entity and Association of persons: the name, registration number, address and information about the owners.
(5) to be added to the application are: 1) the basic conditions which indicate the estimated the program name, program, format, language, as well as other information, which the national electronic media competition, the Council laid down rules or which the applicant considers relevant;
2) electronic media activity in the development plan and the documents certifying the possible financing sources for at least the first year of operation;
3 document on competition) participation fee.

(6) no later than one month before the contest, the results of determination of details of the tender participants, offering them basic conditions and possible sources of financing the national electronic media Council publishes its homepage on the internet newspaper "journal", as well as a local newspaper, if the contest opened a regional or local broadcasting. The Council does not publish messages that the contestants are designated as trade secrets.
Article 17. The results of the competition (1) determination of the contest are judged according to the rules of the contest submissions. Basic criteria for evaluation is the concept of the creative, financial and technical support, as well as the amount of the national language in prime time.
(2) competition results determine not later than three months after the application deadline date.
(3) the results of the National Contest of electronic media, the Council shall adopt a decision within 10 days from the date of its adoption published in newspaper "journal", as well as a local newspaper, if the tender was announced for regional or local broadcasting.
(4) the national electronic media Council decision on tender results can appeal to the district administrative court within one month from the date of its entry into force.
(5) the appeal of this decision shall not suspend its activity.
18. article. (1) the broadcasting authorization of broadcasting licence certifies the electronic media to create and distribute applications and defines its commitments and obligations. The broadcasting permit is issued the national electronic media Council.
(2) the broadcasting authorization is issued for 10 years.
(3) the broadcasting authorization shall be paid State fee, the amount of the payment order and relief shall be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.
(4) in order to receive the broadcast permission, a person (including the winner) submitted to the national electronic media submission to the Council, which shall be added to the programs or services in electronic communications merchant providing evidence about these programs or services. If the programs and distribution do not need radio frequency resource, application performance to be added to the basic conditions which indicate the estimated the program name, program, format, language, information about the owners, as well as other information which the applicant considers relevant; electronic media activity in the development plan and the documents certifying the possible financing sources for at least the first year of operation.
(5) where the tender winner 12 months from the date of entry into force of the decision on the tender results, do not remove the broadcast permission or 15 months without action, the national electronic media Council that decision repealed and announcing a new contest.
(6) the broadcasting permission when time expires, the electronic media feature without the tender is issued a new broadcasting licence, if a judgment which has the force of res judicata in its operation last year has been found in violation of this law.
(7) electronic media, which have been granted a broadcasting licence for broadcasting in analog format, have the right to grant spectrum licences and the use of electronic communications under the procedures laid down in the law, fix up their distribution facilities and use the communications operator of distribution services.
(8) electronic media, which have been granted a broadcasting licence, are obliged to provide in permit broadcast coverage area.
(9) If the electronic media in the event of termination, the broadcast permission is considered invalid, and a candidate for national electronic media Council.
19. article. Retransmission licence (1) the retransmission in public electronic communications networks need to receive rebroadcast ORT programmes programmes the owners (holders) and the national electronic media Council relay permission.
(2) the retransmission of authorisation shall submit the national electronic media Council submissions, the rebroadcast ORT programmes, programme list, if necessary, documents certifying the registration of the public service Commission, and the State pays the fee. Government fees, payment arrangements and facilities shall be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.
(3) if the retransmission is necessary frequency resource, retransmission licence are provided in article 16 of this law.
(4) for the rebroadcast ORT programmes, programme content in compliance with the requirements of the law to which the initial distribution is not subject to the Member States of the European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television was the jurisdiction of the Member States, the answer is under the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic communications merchant who received the relay permission.
(5) national electronic media Council shall ensure freedom of reception and shall not restrict the territory of Latvia electronic media retransmission of programmes from other countries, except for: 1) of different audio or audiovisual programme are manifest, serious and substantial breach of article 24 of this law and the ninth tenth parts, as well as the provisions of article 26;
2) another country's audiovisual service on request, serious or particularly serious risk: a) public policy, in particular the criminal prevention, investigation and detection, protection of minors and fight against any incitement to hatred on grounds of race, sex, religion, nationality or ethnic origin and the dignity of persons, (b) harassment) public health, c) public security, including national security and defence, d) consumer protection including the protection of investors.
(6) the electronic media, which retransmitted television programs through cable tv, distributed in Latvia provides the public electronic media television program supply all the relevant cable tv subscribers in the unaltered state, as well as the national electronic media to the television program all of the relevant supply cable subscribers without using the terrestrial technical means, the end user is available free of charge. This program for distribution to the relevant public electronic communications networks relay permission is not required.

(7) in the sixth paragraph of this article referred to retransmission of television programmes to the provision of the electronic media feature does not collect a fee from the electronic media, which it retransmitted, the same way as the electronic medium, which in accordance with the sixth subparagraph of this article will not be charged, relay of the electronic media, which its programs retransmitted.
20. article. Electronic media or program name (1) the retransmission of broadcast licences or authorisation may be granted if the electronic media or program name: 1) clearly differs from other already registered in Latvia in electronic media or the name of the program;
2) correspond to the State language law and other regulatory requirements;
3) clearly differs from the electronic media, or the name of the program, which ended with, having been convicted by a court ruling;
4) does not violate this article referred to in the second subparagraph.
(2) in Latvia, the European Union or the international registration, in accordance with the rules which apply to Latvia, registered in electronic media or program name in use abroad registered in electronic media or program name or trademark, or its components in such a way as to mislead the audience. Such a mark is allowed to use when abroad registered for electronic media has a major effect on the jurisdiction of Latvia in electronic media or person who has the exclusive right to the trade mark, authorized to use the territory of Latvia.
(3) the first paragraph of this article, the conditions also significantly after the retransmission of the broadcast licence or authorisation.
21. article. Retransmission of broadcast licences or authorizations, the electronic media's suspension and termination (1) national electronic media Council is entitled to revoke the broadcasting licence or authorization if the retransmission of digital media feature: 1) their activities ended, but the broadcast permission or permissions have not transferred the retransmission of national electronic media Council;
2) runs irregularly, therefore not meeting the retransmission of the broadcast or permit conditions, except for technical reasons and for no longer than three months.
(2) the national electronic media Council is entitled to a period of up to seven days to stop the electronic media if it repeatedly during the year: 1) violated this Act;
2) distributed a program that does not meet the broadcasting or retransmission of basic permissions.
(3) the national electronic media Council revoke the broadcasting licence or authorization if the retransmission of digital media feature: 1) three times during the year is administratively punished for infringements of this law;
2) year from the date on which the Council adopted a decision on the electronic media's suspension, has done the second paragraph of article 1 and in paragraph 2 above;
3) violated broadcasting rules contained in the authorization;
4) does not comply with this Act, article 18 of the eighth part;
5) month of the date on which the Council expressed its alarm about the broadcasting permit infringement of the provisions contained in the terms of the termination;
6) month of the date when the Council expressed its alarm about the provisions contained in the broadcasting permit violations, repeatedly violated the relevant rules;
7) a judgment which has the force of res judicata or the Prosecutor's statement as punishment found guilty of crimes against the State, or for the following criminal offences defined in the entities it applicable to influence feature forced.
(4) the national electronic media Council statement on retransmission of the broadcast licences or authorizations or electronic media termination published Council website on the internet and in the newspaper "journal", but on regional or local electronic media, including the local newspaper.
Chapter IV. Electronic media services article 22. Right to provide digital media services on demand (1) to provide digital media services, upon request, the service provider needs to register in the national electronic media Council.
(2) The first paragraph of this article, the service provider registration duty payable, the amount of the payment order and relief shall be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.
(3) the application for registration shall indicate: 1) natural person: name, surname, personal code;
2) a legal person, Association of persons: the name, registration number and registered office.
(4) to be added to the application are: 1) the operating framework conditions, which indicates the name of the catalog in electronic media, the book format as well as other information which the applicant considers relevant;
2) information on electronic communications network, in which the service will be distributed (cable, satellite, internet).
(5) the first, second and third subparagraph shall not apply if the required frequency resources, to provide digital media services on demand. In this case, the service provider must get permission to broadcast in accordance with arrangements laid down by this law, in article 16 and 17.
23. article. Upon request, the nature of electronic media services catalog building conditions (1) in the directory may not include services that encourage incitement to hatred or discrimination on any of the invited person or group sex, racial or ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, disability, age or other circumstances.
(2) the movie during the show, which agreed with the rights holders.
(3) in the directory and when transmitting movies to the Cabinet of Ministers regulations specified film classification index.
(4) electronic media, providing such services, upon request, which may harm minors physical, mental and moral development, provides these services limited access control (so that, under normal conditions, they would not be visible).

(5) electronic media feature that provide audiovisual services on request, in your catalog includes European audiovisual works.
(6) electronic media feature that provides services on request, provide continuous access to at least the following information: 1) the electronic media's name;
2) address where electronic media feature established;
3) electronic media contact information, including electronic mail address or website;
4) the responsible supervisory authority: the national electronic media Council-contact details.
Chapter v. Electronic media and broadcasting and retransmission article 24. Programming General provisions (1) the electronic media are free and independent program and broadcasting and distribution, as well as his editorial activities, in so far as it does not restrict the Constitution of Latvia, this law and other laws, the national technical standards and international treaties binding for Latvia.
(2) electronic media, respecting diversity, considered independent, democratic and legal state of Latvia the idea, respect human rights and the work of public interest.
(3) electronic media respect the operational framework conditions, which they submitted to the national electronic media Council to get permission to broadcast. If the broadcasting rights for the tendering procedure, the framework conditions of operation can be changed with the consent of the Council. Electronic media or program language and format is not part of the framework conditions to change the broadcast for the duration of the authorisation.
(4) electronic media ensure that facts and events programmes reflect a fair, objective, promoting the exchange of views, and comply with the generally accepted journalistic and ethical principles. Comments and opinions from the news and called point of view or comment author.
(5) the electronic media to draw up its own code of conduct available to the public of their basic principles of operation, should ethical operating conditions, the rules for unacceptable audio and audiovisual commercial communications, including those targeted at minors and may negatively affect juvenile psychological or physical development, as well as measures to encourage the availability of services for people with vision or hearing impairments. The code also contains provisions relating to children's audio and audiovisual commercial communication on food and beverages containing nutrients and substances with a specific nutritional or physiological effect, in particular those substances as fat, fatty acids, salt and sugar, that excessive consumption is not recommended.
(6) the movie during the show, which agreed with the rights holders. When transmitting movies to the Cabinet of Ministers regulations specified film classification index.
(7) the public electronic media according to the law "on the State of exception" and the Civil protection law is an obligation in the event of emergencies in their services or programs to enable officers to give notice to the public.
(8) the public electronic media are obliged to immediately empower the President, the President of the Parliament or the Prime Minister to give extraordinary notice.
(9) from 07:00 to 22:00 during the prohibited distribution of audio and audiovisual works that reflect physical or psychological violence, included bloody or horror scenes, drug use and sexual scenes or activities which used brutal or obscene expressions.
(10) electronic media does not distribute the content of audio and audiovisual works, which may harm minors physical, mental and moral development, except when they have chosen other than the ninth part of this article, the transmission or electronic media provide a restricted access control. If the limited access control is not provided before the following audiovisual works must give an acoustic warning signal and must be explicitly marked with a Visual symbol.
(11) If the electronic communications merchant providing electronic media distribution created in electronic communications networks, is a digital media tool that creates its own program or with your investment in other electronic media, such as electronic media program created for distribution to apply conditions which discriminate against other electronic media.
25. article. Electronic media editorial responsibility electronic media take editorial responsibility. Electronic media editorial responsibility within the meaning of this article is effective control both for the choice of programmes, both for the Organization of programs and catalogs. These provisions do not apply to the retransmission of programmes.
26. article. Programming restrictions electronic media programmes and programmes may not include: 1) scenes where violence is highlighted;
2) pornographic material;
3) encouragement to the incitement or provocation to discriminate against any person or group sex, racial or ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, disability, age or other circumstances;
4) call to war or military conflict causing;
5) call for the violent overthrow of State authority or to amend the violent public facility, the national territorial integrity of destruction or commit other crimes;
6) story that discredited the Latvian statehood and national symbols.
27. article. Latvian society particularly important events (1) the Cabinet approved the Latvian society particularly important events after the plan of the organizers, who have the right to sell these rights to events, under the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media by using its exclusive rights to broadcast at least 95 percent of the population in the territory of Latvia could follow with free television via live or record.
(2) the Latvian public on particular important event, meet at least two of the following criteria:

1 Latvian citizens), it's especially important for governmental or cultural event;
2) it is a international sports or competitions in which the Latvian National team;
3) event traditionally has reflected with free television, and attracted a significant proportion of the population of Latvia.
(3) If the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media feature has the exclusive rights to broadcast the events that other Member State of the European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television has included in its Member State, to the public particularly important events list, this electronic medium in relation to the other Member States of any electronic media does not use its exclusive rights if so essential to the public of another Member State shall be deprived of the opportunity to follow the event with free television.
(4) If the jurisdiction of Latvia electronic media feature has the exclusive right to represent events which are of great public interest, another Latvian or another Member State of the European Union, or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television under the jurisdiction of a Member State electronic media means you can freely choose and include news reporting in the event of material if it shows in prime time news coverage does not exceed 90 seconds. Electronic media feature that uses the following materials, indicate the source. On the use of such material may require payment of an amount not exceeding the material transfer (transmission) or photocopying costs.
(5) in the fourth paragraph of this article shows material referred to are not included in programmes distributed on request. This condition does not apply to the electronic media services, which the news broadcast before its inclusion in the directory is spread into your programs.
(6) the placement of information programmes are not recoverable. Any information, comments, view story, message or member admission invitations to participate in the program, you receive a reward for it, considered audio or audiovisual commercial communication.
28. article. In the broadcast and advertising language (1) each broadcast in one language — the language of broadcast, if this law provides otherwise.
(2) a fragment of a broadcast in other languages, with translations provided in the broadcast. This condition does not apply to broadcast fragments in the national language, language teaching programmes, interactive direct transmission (when live is created during a relationship between participants and spectators of a broadcast), performances of music and live broadcasts for transnational cooperation.
(3) record, Played in the movie backs up in the national language or subtitles. Duplicate and play text parallel to the original sound accompaniment and subtitles in the language of the country you are in such a quality that provides sufficiently accurate understanding of the original text. Children's film or record backs up the national language. These conditions do not apply to the retransmission, as well as such movies, which in accordance with the authorisation issued to a national broadcast and electronic media Council submitted the electronic media operations framework conditions are broadcast in Latvian minority pre-school and junior school age children or using satellite communications networks, targeted audience who are not Latvian citizens. Movies can be recorded one single language only, not including the original sound accompaniment.
(4) television broadcasts in foreign languages, with the exception of direct transmission, message and language training programmes, provided with subtitles in Latvian language. This condition does not apply to the retransmission, as well as satellite communications networks, distributed applications, which according to the broadcasting licence and national electronic media Council submitted the electronic media activities the basic conditions are provided for audiences who are not Latvian citizens.
(5) If a public electronic media feature created and distributed by television news broadcasts in foreign languages, this provides the message summary in the language of the country moving lines of text.
(6) place the ad in programmes broadcast in the language or languages of the country. This condition does not apply to the retransmission, as well as satellite communications networks, distributed applications, which according to the broadcasting licence and national electronic media Council submitted the electronic media activities the basic conditions are provided for audiences who are not Latvian citizens.
(7) if the Cabinet determines that any part of the territory of the country in the national language is endangered or its use or distribution is substantially insufficient, it shall decide on the measures to promote the use of the national language of the area in question.
29. article. The program records and storage (1) Each digital medium provides to all its distributed applications except relay programs be fully recorded in a quality that allows you to clearly and explicitly identify any program content. This entry is stored in no less than the calendar month after the date of distribution of the program. A copy of the request to be served free of charge in the national electronic media to the Council, the Court of Justice, the public prosecutor's Office, investigating authority, as well as other competent national authorities.
(2) each program component digital media independently made feature of distributed programs. These accounting materials free of charge upon request to be issued subject to the national electronic media to the Council, the Court of Justice, the public prosecutor's Office, investigating authority, as well as other competent national authorities.
(3) the national electronic media Council of electronic media request feature provides it with information on the programs and the programme name, time of transmission, timing, copyright owners, holders of related rights, the language of the broadcast programme sponsors, as well as audio and audiovisual commercial communications. This information is stored for not less than one calendar year after the date of the distribution, free of charge, upon request, be issued by the national electronic media Council.

(4) the audiovisual service providers gives 32 and 33 of this law referred to in article in and audiovisual records and submit annually a national electronic media to the Council reports on the implementation of the provisions of this article.
30. article. Broadcast release data (1) at the end of each broadcast it shall release data.
(2) Broadcast release data be it authors.
(3) release the data to create a broadcast in the language of the country. If the broadcast created in a foreign language, broadcast release data, you can specify the language of a broadcast.
31. article. European audiovisual works (1) the European audiovisual works are: 1) in Latvia and other Member States of the European Union created literary works, dramatic series, movies, documentary, art, educational and similar creative works;
2) the third paragraph of this article, the rules according to the audiovisual works created in the European Convention on Transfrontier Television in the Member States which are not members of the European Union and non-discriminatory rules apply in Latvia and other Member States of the European Union created audiovisual works.
(2) in accordance with the agreements concluded between the European Union and the countries which are not Member States of the European Union and non-discriminatory rules apply in Latvia and other Member States of the European Union created audiovisual works, of European audiovisual works are considered also co-produced audiovisual works that comply with the terms of those agreements.
(3) the first subparagraph of article 1 and referred to in paragraph 2 the European audiovisual works are works mainly made with authors and technical staff from one or more of the first paragraph of this article 1 and 2 of the countries which meet at least one of the following conditions: 1) they are made by one or more producers producers whose normal place of residence is in one of those States;
2 the production of monitors) and actually controlled by one or more producers producers whose normal place of residence is in one of those States;
3 national producers to bear) the major part of the total cost of the co-production, and the co-production is not controlled by one outside of their territory a resident producer, or more of the following producers.
(4) For European audiovisual works to be considered as well as works that are not European audiovisual works from the first paragraph of this article, but is built in accordance with a bilateral co-production treaties concluded between Latvia and other Member States of the European Union and a State which is not a member of the European Union, if Latvia or of Member States of the European Union producers bear the greater part of the total cost of the co-production and the co-production is not controlled by one outside Latvia or of Member States of the European Union resident in the territory of the producer, or more of the following producers.
32. article. Culpably violate applicable to European audiovisual works for inclusion and use of the national language of the electronic media (1) electronic media ensure that it made in a week at least 51 percent of the time, except for news, sports events, games, advertising, television and television shop window, a busy European audiovisual works.
(2) national and regional electronic media ensure that it created the television program of at least 40 per cent of broadcasting time for European audiovisual works, excluding games, advertising, television and tv stores shop crammed, busy audiovisual works in the national language.
(3) national and regional electronic media to ensure that the programmes made at least 65 percent of all broadcasts except advertising, television and television shop window, would be the national language and the national language by the busy at least 65 per cent of the transmission time.
(4) television broadcast in a foreign language, if it has been backed up or play in the national language, is also considered a national language on the show.
33. article. Independent producers and to create work into electronic media (1) audio-visual electronic media based programs not less than 10 per cent of the total broadcasting time for all programmes and during the week, except for news, sports events, games, advertising, television and television shop window, predicted by independent producers create European audiovisual works. Audiovisual electronic media ensure that most of the independent producer in prime time would be allocated for the last five years by independent producers create European audiovisual works.
(2) this article does not apply to local and regional electronic media.
34. article. Information about the electronic media electronic media ensure continuous access to at least the following information: 1) the electronic media's name;
2) address where electronic media feature established;
3) electronic media contact information, including electronic mail address or website;
4) the responsible supervisory authority: the national electronic media Council-contact details.
Chapter VI. Audio and audiovisual commercial communication, the General rules for creating and sponsoring article 35. Audio and audiovisual commercial communication design general provisions (1) the audio and audiovisual commercial communication shall be made in accordance with the law, advertising law, consumer protection law, competition law, the prohibition of unfair commercial practices Act and other legislative requirements.
(2) audio and audiovisual commercial communications must not: 1) encourage conduct harmful to the environment;
2) use the characters and voice material that regularly runs a news broadcast or public interest broadcasts;
3) directly or indirectly to promote products or services whose advertising is prohibited;
4) promote or encourage behaviour prejudicial to health or to safety;
5) contain, promote or condone violence and cruelty, as well as cruel or irresponsible human behavior toward animals;
6) offend human dignity;
7) Stoke hatred and invite someone to discriminate against a person or group of persons on sex, racial or ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, disability, age or other circumstances;
8) advertise tobacco, tobacco products and smoking;

9) advertise a pay phone services with a sexual nature of digital media programs from 07:00 to 22:00;
10 persons) sexually demeaning manner;
11) show no respect for the Latvian National values and national symbols.
(3) audio and audiovisual commercial communication provider other than the electronic medium must not be the editorial impact on electronic media or broadcast content.
(4) For audio and audiovisual commercial communication response advertiser.
(5) For audio and audiovisual commercial communication, electronic media placement in the program or in accordance with the programme shall be the responsibility of the law for electronic media.
(6) audio and audiovisual commercial communication uses only real reviews or approvals.
(7) audio or audiovisual commercial communication shall be prohibited from using technical devices or other methods that may affect viewers and listeners subconscious.
(8) the audio or audiovisual commercial communication medium, sound may not be louder than the sound of three minutes during the interval before the audio or audiovisual commercial communication transmission.
(9) the hidden audio or audiovisual commercial communication shall be prohibited.
(10) the product placement of electronic media programs is prohibited, with the exception of article 45 of this law referred to in the first subparagraph.
(11) this Act mentioned in the audio and audiovisual commercial communication restrictions do not apply to the sports and similar events, in which the Broadcasting advertising material placed in the background of events (advertising banners, stadiums, the merchant names and emblems, trademarks URu.tml.) and from them is unavoidable.
(12) the deployment of audio and audiovisual commercial communications electronic media programs, the beginning and the end with the Visual or acoustic means separated from other parts of the programme so that these statements would be immediately recognizable and easily identifiable.
(13) electronic Advertising media into deployable units.
(14) electronic media, radio programs, banned from placing ads that use the acoustic feature that recalls the operational vehicle special sound signal. The following acoustic feature prohibits the use of the advertising block start and end from the rest of the radio programs.
36. article. With alcoholic drinks linked audio and audiovisual commercial communication restrictions (1) Is allowed in beer and wine advertising and television shop, but the rest of the alcoholic beverage advertising and television shop is prohibited.
(2) positioning with alcoholic drinks related audio and audiovisual commercial communications, respect the following provisions: 1) they may not be targeted to minors and must not participate in the minors;
2 the use of alcoholic beverages) may not link to physical development and driving of vehicles;
3) must not make believe that alcohol has therapeutic qualities and is a stimulant or sedative effect, or that it helps resolve personal problems;
4) they must not encourage the excessive alcohol consumption or negatively reflect abstinence or moderation of alcohol consumption;
5) they should not emphasize alcohol content in alcoholic beverages;
6) must not give the impression that the use of alcoholic beverages provide social or sexual success.
(3) This article mentioned in the audio and audiovisual commercial communication restrictions do not apply to the sports and similar events, in which the Broadcasting advertising material placed in the background of events (advertising banners, stadiums, the merchant names and emblems, trademarks URu.tml.) and from them is unavoidable.
37. article. Audio and audiovisual commercial communication limits for medicinal products, medicinal products and medical treatment (1) are prohibited in the audio and audiovisual commercial communications relating to Latvia or the European Medicines Agency to the centralised procedure for marketing a medicinal product not registered, as well as therapeutic means for illicit and unauthorized medical treatment.
(2) it is prohibited in the audio and audiovisual commercial communications relating to Latvia only by prescription or instructions available medicines, medicinal products and medical treatment.
38. article. Audio and audiovisual commercial communication restrictions on minors (1) audio and audiovisual commercial communications must not: 1) cause physical or moral detriment to minors;
2) encourage minors to convince them their parents or others to purchase the advertised goods or services;
3) use the special trust minors place in parents, teachers or other persons;
4) unreasonably show minors in dangerous situations;
5) directly encourage minors to buy or rent (rent).
(2) the audio and audiovisual commercial communication, which targeted offers to purchase product via phone or the internet, should not be minors.
(3) audio and audiovisual commercial communications targeted at minors may not be advertising an item, point to additional product, if it is not integrated into the main product.
39. article. Sponsorship and its prohibition (1) sponsored programme or broadcast must not be directly or indirectly promoting the sponsor's or another person's goods or services, including direct or indirect instructions relating to the purchase of goods and services or lease (rent). Sponsored broadcasts must insert sponsor or other person ad according to advertising rules.
(2) where a broadcast is completely or partially sponsored, this at the beginning or end of a broadcast shall inform, by the name, logo and trademarks, if any, or the references to the sponsor's product or service.
(3) a Sponsor may not influence sponsored broadcast content and program.
(4) individuals whose principal activity associated with the production of goods or the provision of services, the advertising of which is prohibited, it may not be a show sponsor.
(5) prohibited the sponsored message (except weather, sports viewing, and another narrowly focused news) and the public up-to-date problems dedicated broadcasts.
Chapter VII. Audiovisual commercial communication and product placement article 40. Ad types

Audiovisual electronic media programs may deploy this type of ad: 1) advertising spots;
2) enduring advertising;
3) partial screen advertising;
4) virtual advertising;
5) interactive (interact) advertising.
Article 41. Additional requirements for certain types of ad placement (1) deploying a lasting advertising, subject to the following provisions: 1) throughout the prolonged period of advertising is an indication that a sustained advertising is broadcast;
2) ongoing ad must not be broadcast from 19.00 till 23.00. (2) deploying partial-screen advertising shall respect the following provisions: 1) partial screen advertising shall not take up more than one third of the screen;
2) partial screen ad space is constant, easily identifiable and clearly, with Visual means separate from the rest of the screen. If the partial screen ad is located on the frame of the clock show in between, it can not be separated with the Visual features of the rest of the frame;
3) independent producer or other audiovisual electronic media created programmes electronic media feature may deploy a partial screen ads only with the consent of the right holder;
4) partial screen advertising counts hours and 24-hour ad.
(3) deploying virtual advertising, subject to the following provisions: 1) at the beginning and end of a broadcast electronic media means inform about the virtual broadcast advertising;
2) audiovisual electronic media may not deploy virtual advertising without the organisers, broadcast producer or author's prior consent;
3) organisers must not insert the virtual advertising in the broadcasting of television signals without rights acquired in the audiovisual electronic media's prior consent;
4) virtual advertising it is prohibited to deploy to individual images;
5) virtual advertising may be deployed only on those surfaces that are usually used for advertisements. Sports competitions may be virtual advertising to place well on the surface of the area outside the race time.
(4) providing access to interactive (interact) advertising environment, before accessing detailed advertising content on the screen in the broadcast Edition placed a warning about exit from broadcast and interactive entry (interaction) advertising environment.
Article 42. Advertising and television shop (1) advertising and television shop (except the television shop window) your allotted time electronic media resources television programs in each raidstund in General must not exceed 20 percent. The public electronic media, television programmes and within the public service in television programs or create programmes to advertising and television shop (except the television shop window) the time allowed for each raidstund in General must not exceed 10 percent.
(2) for the purposes of this article on advertising are not considered: 1) audiovisual electronic media announcements of their broadcasts and other products directly derived from those programmes, sponsorship announcements and product placement;
2) free distributed social statements, public interest announcements and invitations to charity, as well as virtual advertising.
43. article. Television shop window (1) 24 hours allowed no more than eight tv shop window. This window transmission total duration shall not exceed three hours a day, and they must be clear, with Visual and acoustic means identified as a television shop window.
(2) the provisions of the first paragraph do not apply to the programs that are shown only for the tv shop. Advertising in such programmes to deploy under the General rules of advertising.
44. article. Advertising and television shop deployment program (1) television advertising and store located between broadcasts. If you comply with this article, the second, third and fourth parts of the rules, the advertising and television shops can also include programmes, but only in such a way as not to harm the integrity of the programmes and the rights of the copyright holder.
(2) in programmes consisting of autonomous parts, sports broadcasts and similar events and event broadcasts that include pause, advertising and television shop located just between those parts, or pause.
(3) movies, excluding series, serials and film documentaries and news programmes may be interrupted by television advertising or television store no more than one every 30 minutes.
(4) public holidays and religious ceremony during presentation of advertising and television shop deployment is prohibited.
Article 45. Product placement (1) product placement only in the following cases: 1) movies and series, which creates audiovisual electronic media or which are created in electronic audiovisual media order, sports and entertainment programmes, except children's programmes envisaged;
2) if not paid and certain goods or services, such as the manufacturer's accessories and gifts, are provided free of charge, to be included in the programme.
(2) programmes, which accommodate products must meet all the following requirements: 1) broadcast content and does not in any way be affected in a way that would be affected by the electronic media of editorial responsibility and independence;
2) broadcast open manner, in particular with the special combination of goods or services references, does not encourage the purchase or rental of goods or services;
3) the product concerned is not show excessive prominence;
4) viewers shall be clearly informed of product placement. To avoid any confusion on the part of the Viewer, broadcasts, which deployed products, it properly is indicated in each of the following at the beginning and end of the programme, as well as when the show resumes after an advertising break.
(3) audiovisual electronic media broadcasts are forbidden to deploy the following products and services: 1) tobacco products or cigarettes or product companies whose principal activity is the cigarette or other tobacco product manufacturing or sale;
2) Latvia only after a physician's prescription or instructions available medicines, curative and therapeutic features.
Chapter VIII. Audio commercial communication article 46. Additional requirements for ad placement lasting audio digital media programs

Deploying a lasting advertising audio digital media program, subject to the following provisions: 1) ads at the beginning and end points that are broadcast lengthy advertising;
2) enduring advertising may not recall existing programmes, and it should not be run in the relevant electronic media journalists working.
47. article. Advertising limit for audio digital media programs (1) the time allowed for Advertising in the electronic media, radio programmes in each raidstund must not exceed 20 percent. The public electronic media, radio programmes and public order within the built in radio programmes or broadcasts advertising time in each raidstund must not exceed 10 percent.
(2) for the purposes of this article on advertising are not considered: 1) audio electronic media announcements of their broadcasts and other products directly derived from those programmes, sponsorship announcements and product placement;
2) free distributed social statements, public interest announcements and invitations to charity.
48. article. Radio shop and shop window displays the radio volume and placement in (1) the radio shop (except the radio shop window) your allotted time electronic media radio programmes in each raidstund must not exceed 20 percent. The public electronic media, radio programmes and public order within the built in radio programmes or broadcasts a radio shop (except the radio shop window) the time allowed for each raidstund must not exceed 10 percent.
(2) a day allowed no more than eight radio shop window. This window transmission total duration shall not exceed three hours a day, and they must be clearly identified by acoustic means, as the radio shop window.
(3) radio shop located between broadcasts. Radio shop can also include programmes, but only in such a way as not to harm the integrity of the programmes and the rights of the copyright holder.
(4) in programmes consisting of autonomous parts, sports broadcasts and similar events and event broadcasts that pause, the radio shop located just between those parts, or pause.
(5) public holidays and religious ceremony conducted the radio shop deployment is prohibited.
Chapter IX. The right to information and responsibility article 49. Electronic media the right to information for all Member States of the European Union or the European Convention on Transfrontier Television under the existing electronic media so that they can create and distribute a short news reporting that broadcasting time shall not exceed 90 seconds, you get free access for the general public alarm, general interest measures, which exclusive, jurisdiction of Latvia transmitted electronic media feature.
50. article. Personal protection the false message distribution case (1) a Person on whom an electronic broadcast media's false information, may require the same electronic media feature distributes the message disposition, as well as its response. A person is entitled to request that its response is common regardless of whether this person has requested the cancellation of the relevant message.
(2) the Person who believes that electronic media spread false news, has the right to touch them in the same electronic media free of charge to watch or listen to the broadcast, as well as receive a copy of the record of this broadcast. If the digital media feature broadcast on the issue of a copy of the records requested, the fee may not exceed the actual costs of producing the copy.
51. article. The right to claim false cancellation (1) submission of false recall submitting electronic media distribution feature in writing within 14 days of news distribution, specifying the particular programme embraced the news.
(2) electronic media means the appearance of the application within seven days from the date of arrival.
(3) if the electronic media is not sufficient evidence that the news is true, it not later than the fifth day after the day of the examination of the application of the same name, broadcast in the same broadcast, but if this is not possible, to an equivalent during this message reference.
(4) distribution of false recall, electronic media feature specifies exactly which posts are reversed.
(5) if the electronic media did not agree to a recall for distribution, it's seven days from the date of receipt of the application, notify the applicant, giving the reasons for refusal. If the electronic medium in accordance with the procedure laid down in this article is not spread false news of a cancellation, the applicant has the right to go to court and ask for the false news of the cancellation.
52. article. The right to request the distribution of the responses (1) an application for the use of the right of reply shall be submitted to the electronic media feature in writing within 14 days of news distribution, specifying the particular broadcast news, and expressed in this application shall be accompanied by the text of the reply.
(2) a reply may be the injured person or its representative appearances in electronic media in the form of a record if the person reading the text prepared by the.
(3) electronic media means the appearance of the application within seven days from the date of arrival.
(4) electronic media means the response provides equally long period of time, how long it was false, or at least 90 seconds if false information was given about 90 seconds in a shorter period of time.
(5) if the electronic media is not sufficient evidence that the news is true, it not later than the fifth day after the day of the examination of the application of the same name, broadcast in the same broadcast, but if this is not possible, to an equivalent time provides answers. Electronic media declines spread response if it includes obvious criminal.

(6) the refusal to distribute a reply electronic media feature within seven days from the date of receipt of the application, notify the applicant in writing, stating the reasons for the refusal. If digital media is not in accordance with the procedure laid down in this article is provided from a reply, the applicant has the right to go to court and request a response.
Chapter x. Radio data system terms of use article 53. Radio data system radio data system is the information that is transmitted to the radio program at the FM range, in order to facilitate the choice of the format of the program audience, promote program awareness and provide users additional radio operational information on transport, as well as other services.
54. article. Traffic announcement (1) traffic announcement is the audio digital media was created and distributed information about the traffic that is visible through the radio radio data system technical capabilities.
(2) the cabinet shall determine the traffic message creation and distribution procedures.
55. article. Audio digital media distribution, the name of the program the audio digital media have the right to the name of the program to broadcast the radio data system with a static position of the characters. In this way, the common name must not be longer than eight characters.
Chapter XI. The national electronic media Council article 56. The national electronic media Council (1) the national electronic media Council is composed of five members who shall be elected by the Parliament. The Council shall lay down the procedure for the election of the parliamentary roll.
(2) the national electronic media Council members candidates who meet the criteria laid down in the fourth subparagraph, in consultation with associations and foundations operating in the media, education, culture, science and human rights, parliamentary human rights raises and public affairs.
(3) the national electronic media Council members can nominate candidates for the Latvian citizen with permanent residence in Latvia, which has a higher education, at least five years of professional or academic experience of media, educational, cultural, scientific or human rights and good reputation.
(4) the national electronic media Council Member may not be: 1) political parties or political associations authority;
2) electronic media capital share (stock) owner;
3) punished for intentional crimes, if he does not have a criminal record or rehabilitated or removed.
(5) the work of the national electronic media Council is the primary job of the members of the Council. The Council members are subject to restrictions and prohibitions for public officials to the law "on prevention of conflict of interest in the activities of public officials".
57. article. The national electronic media Council (1) the national electronic media Council is an independent autonomous body full, which, according to their competence to represent the public interest in electronic media, as well as to their operation would follow the Constitution of Latvia, this law and other laws. The Council is derived public person.
(2) the national electronic media Council acts in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, this law and other legislative requirements.
(3) the national electronic media Council for the exercise of its functions, including the provision of public order, the required funding from the State budget. The Council's budget request to the budget law project for submission to the Cabinet without coordination with the Council is not amenable.
58. article. The national electronic media Council (1) the national electronic media organizes the work of the Council, as well as on the exercise of the answer, the President of the Council. To ensure the Council's activities and tasks, its Chairman: 1) without specific authorisation by the representative Council of the public institutions, as well as of persons in relations with individuals;
2) advisory capacity may participate in the meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers;
3) deals with the financial resources of the Council;
4) recruiting and exempted from the work of the Council Secretariat staff;
5) contracts that are required for the work of the Council.
(2) the national electronic media Council in the absence of the Chairman, the Chairman of his Deputy.
(3) the national electronic media Council members ' obligations and rights are governed by the rules approved by the Council on the operation of the rules.
(4) the national electronic media Council activity is created in the Secretariat.
(5) national electronic media Council members and Secretariat staff remuneration (monthly salary, allowances, social guarantees, etc.) shall be determined in accordance with national and local government bodies and officials of the workers compensation law.
(6) the national electronic media Council Secretariat staff must not be directly or with other parties to receive remuneration from the electronic media.
Article 59. The national electronic media Council members powers and their termination (1) national electronic media Council members elected for five years. Council members may be re-elected, but not more than two times in a row.
(2) the national electronic media Council Member's term of Office shall expire: 1) due to the release of the members of the Council;
2) due to the mandate of the members of the Council the expiry review;
3) if Council member convicted of an intentional criminal offence and judgment become final;
4) due to the death of members of the Council.
(3) the Parliament released the national electronic media Council member from Office if: 1) Council member left the post after the election. Member of the Council on the continuation of the post shall notify the Council in writing, which shall inform the Parliament no later than 14 days from the date of receipt of the application;

2) member of the Council during the month were unwarranted has not participated in the work of the Council, including not visited more than half of the meetings of the Council or for more than six months in a row of disease or for other reasons are unable to hold office;
3) are found in the regulations certain conditions that prevent the person concerned be a member of the Council.
60. article. The national electronic media competence of the Council for electronic media (1) the national electronic media Council: 1) sorts the retransmission of broadcast licences and permits;
2) collects, compiles and analyzes information on electronic media and development;
3) cooperates with other national institutions that address electronic media activities and development issues, and with the European Commission;
4) order electronic media function to provide the necessary sociological and other research on operation and development of the sector;
5) heard, analyzes and summarizes the viewer and listener suggestions, complaints and other information about the electronic media;
6) require from the electronic media broadcast recordings where it is complained of, and provide for their maintenance to the final examination of the complaint;
7) request from the electronic media documents to verify that they comply with this Act 46.47 and 48, the provisions of article;
8) electronic media monitoring and maintenance of its results;
9) provides the national budget allocated to the effective and appropriate use of public interest;
10) promotes the jurisdiction of Latvia in the electronic media, the competitiveness of the European and world market;
11) creates equal footing for all Latvian jurisdiction existing media;
12) promotes electronic media literacy services;
13) promotes the interests of the Latvian National digital media program policy;
14) provides the public, the media and educational institutions of professional participation of representatives of the public order and supervision of execution, as well as in the electronic media sector in national development strategies;
15) other specific legislation.
(2) the national electronic media Council controls the observance of this law: 1) hearing and examination of complaints;
2) controlling electronic media program;
3) distributed the program content and quality spot-checks.
(3) the national electronic media Council developed and approved by legislative provisions in the electronic media sector in national strategies. The digital media sector in the national strategy is an external measure.
(4) Confirm the electronic media sector in national strategies and performing other functions specified in this law, the national electronic media Council promotes competition in the digital media market.
61. article. The national electronic media National Council on electronic media Council has the right to: 1) to check the spread of the electronic media program records and records;
2) request from the electronic media the financial transaction report if these media requests or acquire State or municipal budget financing or payment facilities.
62. article. The national electronic media competence of the Board of the public electronic media (1) the national electronic media Council, in consultation with the public electronic media, develop and approve public electronic media program annual plan.
(2) the national electronic media Council, in consultation with the public electronic media, prepares proposals for the annual State budget law project on social media program annual plan required for the performance of financial resources, as well as the annual State budget law and its amendments, making a decision on the allocation of the available funds according to the approved public media program annual plan.
(3) the national electronic media Council, on the basis of the public electronic media program annual plan, establish a reasonable and fair allocation of national budget allocations between public electronic media.
(4) the national electronic media are developed and approved by the Council of the public electronic media Statute.
(5) national electronic media shall be appointed by the Council and abolish the public electronic media Board. The members shall designate a public tender procedure. Tender regulation approved by the national electronic media Council.
(6) the national electronic media Council monitors the public electronic media, by controlling whether it satisfies this law regulated the public media of the basic conditions, the media program of the public service tasks and or financial resources are spent in accordance with approved budgets.
(7) the national electronic media Council adopts decision on the public electronic media or termination, continuation, increase and reduction of the share capital.
(8) national electronic media Council annual report on the public media, public order and public financial transactions on your website on the internet and submitted to the parliamentary human rights and Public Affairs Commission.
Article 63. Public Advisory Board (1) the Public Advisory Council is the national electronic media Council created advisory body whose task is to provide for public participation in public service and in the electronic media sector in national development strategy process. Public Advisory Council's recommendations.

(2) the composition of the public Advisory Board shall include associations, foundations, professional institutions and other organisations that work in media, education, culture, science and human rights.
(3) Public Advisory Council by-laws approved by the national electronic media Council.
Chapter XII. The public electronic media article 64. The public electronic media operational framework conditions (1) the public electronic media's editorial independence, financially independent, and works in the public interest.
(2) the public electronic media, not privatizējam, not as a whole, not part by part, and it is not the ieķīlājam property, with the exception referred to in the third subparagraph.
(3) the national electronic media Council permission to public electronic media shall have the right to participate in the formation of a company, buy another company shares, stocks and securities, as well as those of companies belonging to pledge shares, stocks and securities, if it directly or indirectly impair or endanger the public electronic media program quality.
(4) the public electronic media have the right legislation in order to purchase their operation requires the immovable assets. To purchase real property for State funds or to such immovable assets seized, need the national electronic media Council.
(5) the public electronic media is a Member of the former Latvian SSR State tv and radio Committee, the Latvian State television and radio Committee, State Enterprise "Latvijas radio" and "television", as well as the national non-profit SIA "Latvijas radio" and the national non-profit Ltd. "Latvian television" successor rights and obligations.
Article 65. The public electronic media Administration (1) the public electronic media directed by the Board.
(2) The public electronic media the Board may approve a person who has a good reputation, higher education, and at least five years of professional experience in the field of the media or in the management of the company.
(3) the public electronic media's Board may not: 1) run a political party or political association, but if he acts in a political party or political association, this action should be suspended;
2) contain any electronic media of the capital (share) the owner;
3) be punished for intentional crimes, if he does not have a criminal record or rehabilitated or removed.
(4) the public electronic media boardrooms members are subject to restrictions and prohibitions for public officials to the law "on prevention of conflict of interest in the activities of public officials".
66. article. The public electronic media programs (1) the public electronic media provides the information necessary to every Member of the public could constitute a sound and free.
(2) the public electronic media programs are created in accordance with high ethical and quality requirements and reflect the diversity of public opinion. The public electronic media programs should not only reflect the individual political, ideological, economic, religious or other group interests.
(3) the public electronic media programming respects the diversity of the Latvian society in social, economic, regional, education, culture and religion, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the equality of all people before the law, and freedom of expression, freedom to receive and impart information, the presumption of innocence, as well as personal life, honour and dignity.
(4) the Latvian radio and Latvian television first program up as a national program in the national language. The Latvian radio and Latvian television program based on the second national language. Part of it may be granted a prime time broadcasts in other languages, including also in this prime time national language subtitled in the film and theatre performances.
(5) the Latvian television programs not less than 30 per cent of broadcasting time made by independent producers create European audiovisual works.
Article 67. The public electronic media distribution (1) public electronic media programs provide access to the entire territory of Latvia.
(2) the public electronic media has the right to broadcast programmes in any technical way.
(3) the public electronic media programs in public electronic communications networks, services are provided for end users in the same way.
(4) the national electronic media Council permission to public electronic media are entitled to provide additional program services irrespective of their delivery or funding.
68. article. The public electronic media archives (videokrātuv and record library) (1) public electronic media created or their programs create audio and audiovisual works and Phonograms with cultural value is the national cultural heritage and the Latvian National Archives, which monitored, maintained and used in accordance with the relevant laws.
(2) if the State archive system designed to make the public electronic media archives copying existing material in order to store the increased security, archive copy shall bear the costs of the technical. Programs with special cultural importance to the produce at least two copies, they are intended only for storage, and this copy is not allowed for any kind of use or disclosure.

(3) the public electronic media are entitled to use your archive material in any way for the purpose of broadcasting, as well as any other applicable copyright law. The public electronic media has the right to own the programming of public order to use national archives, covering only necessary technical reproduction costs. Access can be denied only in limited access to information under the freedom of information act.
Article 69. Latvian television duties, providing support for the Latvian film industry (1) Latvian television supports Latvian National audiovisual heritage available to the public through the purchase of national films, demonstrating them in their programmes and other Latvian film industry support measures in accordance with the industry-regulating law.
(2) the national Latvian tv film heritage matters shall cooperate with national regulatory authorities the direct "National Film Centre".
(3) State direct regulatory authority "National Film Centre" and Latvian television arrangement, which determines the order in which the Latvian Television is obliged within the budget allocated to it involved national film co-production and purchase. Agreement shall be three years, and each time it was concluded not later than four months before the start date of the next period.
70. article. The public electronic media, financial support (1) the public electronic media, financing sources are: 1) the national budget allocations for the implementation of the public order, and it must not be less than the previous year;
2) revenue from economic activities;
3) gifts and donations of money and property, including in the form of foreign natural and legal persons gifts and donations;
4) other legal or statutory financial sources.
(2) If a significant part of the relevant public presentation events are not included in the public order, the public electronic media shall have the right to request from the relevant event organizer your expenditure, if the event reflected by the organisers of the initiative.
(3) from the State budget to provide annual public order: 1) this statutory tasks;
2) distribution throughout the country, as well as the target audience beyond national borders;
hiring employees and 3) special risk insurance for employees.
(4) from the national budget and from others in the first part of the established funding sources provides: 1) infrastructure costs: (a) possession of existing buildings), Earth, space, facilities and technical equipment purchase and maintenance, b) use existing buildings, land, premises, facilities and technical equipment rental, utilities and tax payments, c) other maintenance-related costs;
2) public electronic media development in line with national electronic media Council approved the electronic media sector in national strategy.
(5) If a significant part of the relevant public presentation events not included in the public electronic media program annual plans, public electronic media shall have the right to request from the relevant event organizer your expenditure, if the event reflected by the organisers of the initiative.
(6) the public electronic media State budget funding and expenditure required to open accounts in the Treasury.
Chapter XIII. Public order article 71. Public order (1) public order is a set of measures, which are: 1) promote patriotic attitude toward independent statehood of Latvia, its democratic polity;
2) to promote the implementation of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
3) to promote democracy and strengthening ethical principles that reflect the diversity of society;
4) impartial, provide independent and thematic balance of news, analysis and comment on the events shaping in Latvia, the European Union and the world;
5) educate people and encourage them civil awareness of political, economic, cultural, legal, environmental, safety and social issues, ensuring systemic scope;
6) promote public integration and cohesion to the Latvian language;
7) to ensure the conservation of Latvian language development and use, its functioning as a national language in full, in particular by promoting the Latvian language as the entire population of the common communication language;
8) provide the Latvian cultural development, especially by encouraging the formation of Latvian language oriģinālraidījum;
9) to promote respect for the Latvian language, promote the Latvian history and cultural values;
10) to promote awareness of national identity of the Latvian, European and global space, as well as regional and local identity and development in Latvia;
11) in accordance with the laws and regulations to ensure the permanent political parties and associations of political parties an opportunity to express their views, as well as the ability to canvassing and provide information before the elections and referendum;
12) evaluate, maintain and distribute national and European cultural heritage;
13) with documentary and artistic means to promote Latvian historical and contemporary understanding of the process and create the impression of future development opportunities;
14) provide children and youth audience appropriate information, education, cultural and recreational resources;
15) build environment free of diverse views and discussions on important public matters;
16 modern) to develop and diverse genres and formats;
17) encourage the participation of the representatives of the groups program, and broadcast content;
18) provide on minorities and people with disabilities;
19) provide for a separate program accessibility for people with Visual and hearing disabilities;
20) ensure broad audience substantial events (political, social, cultural, sports, etc.) direct representation;
21) to include in the program and broadcast content in regional electronic media prepared information that corresponds to the value in the public electronic media objectives and tasks;

22) to ensure responsible and sustainable journalism, guaranteeing the study and analysis of information quality and promote the professional development of human resources;
23) take the Latvian Radio Choir Fund records, to ensure heritage conservation;
24) provide for Ecumenical worship.
(2) public order implements public electronic media. Part of public order under the electronic media sector in national strategy the national electronic media Council tender can be transferred to the national, regional and local electronic media, which is available free of charge to the end user, if the total cost amount of these electronic media public order with the calendar year concerned does not exceed 15 per cent of public service assigned to implement the features.
(3) the broadcast content, other than news broadcast content, making use of the instruments provided for in the principles and structure is determined, the national electronic media Council regulations.
(4) the amount of public service electronic media, not the public electronic media, meet the annual State budget allocations for the subprogramme. On the implementation of the public service contract is concluded for a period of not more than one financial year.
Chapter XIV. Television program broadcast on the land article 72. Terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on providing economic operator (1) terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on the article 13 of the law in the cases referred to in the third subparagraph shall ensure the selection of the tenderer selected, Cabinet-approved economic operator (hereinafter referred to as the approved economic operator). Applicant selection rules approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
(2) the Cabinet of Ministers by order grant approved economic operator television program broadcast on the Earth the required spectrum usage rights, as well as to the law applicable duties, obligations and rights.
(3) the approved economic operator may be the electronic medium.
(4) Ministry of transportation monitor and control the activities of the approved economic operator compliance with the requirements of this law.
(5) on the electronic media in the terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on the approved economic operator be charged where payment of computation methodology and procedures established by the Cabinet of Ministers.
73. article. Terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on the provisioning of the merchant's obligations (1) the approved economic operator provides the following services: broadcasting network 1 24-hour crew) customer call center;
2) charge customer records, service and requested the provision of services under obligations to the user, the national electronic media Council approved the rebroadcast ORT programmes list of the charge and to request retransmission authorisations issued;
3) customers get the required digital television reception equipment;
4) interactive services using different access networks;
5) created the terrestrial digital television broadcasting network only with the national electronic media Council agreed on the distribution of television programs;
6) digital tv tuner software updating in cooperation with manufacturers of equipment using terrestrial digital television broadcasting network.
(2) the approved Merchant provides electronic media the opportunity to install and use the thinking of electronic communications networks in accordance with the treaties and according to the national electronic media Council issued broadcast licences.
74. article. Terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on the trader providing the withdrawal of the rights conferred by the Cabinet of Ministers shall have the right to cancel an approved merchant's television program broadcast on the land of the necessary radio spectrum usage rights when: 1) approved his operation ended;
2) for the third time in one year, found that the approved economic operator does not comply with article 73 of this law.
75. article. New terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on the provisioning of the merchant approval (1), the Cabinet of Ministers if it is approved by the operator to cancel the rights granted, five months in the selection of the Tenderer shall designate other merchants who provide terrestrial broadcasting of television programmes on, and approve it.
(2) until the entry into force of the Decree of the Cabinet of the new merchant approval, continue the current approved economic operator.
Transitional provisions 1. With the entry into force of this law shall lapse at the radio and Television Act (Republic of Latvia Saeima and the Cabinet of Ministers rapporteur, 1995, nr. 20; 1996; 1997, no. 22, 11., 23., 24. no; 1998; 1999, no. 6, 22, 24. No; 2001; 2002, 6, no, no; 2003, 22 12. No; 2005, no. 2; 2009, 2., 3., no. 21; Latvian journal, 2009, 193. no).
2. The national electronic media Council is the national radio and Television Council the successor rights and obligations.
3. those national radio and Television Council members under the radio and television law, elected before the date of entry into force of the law, continues to serve as the national electronic media Council members until the end of the term to which they were elected under the radio and television law. This condition does not apply to cases where the national electronic media Council Member's term of Office shall end before the expiry of this law 59. the second paragraph of article 1, paragraph 3 or 4.

4. By 2010, September 1, the national electronic media Council adopts decision on the nonprofit organization limited liability company "Latvijas radio" and a nonprofit organization limited liability company "Latvian television" into a State of limited liability company "Latvijas radio" and the national society with limited liability "the Latvian television", as well as the Statute confirmed that meet the requirements of the laws on the public record for the commercial register. Not later than 10 days from the date of the decision referred to in this paragraph, the date of the nonprofit organization limited liability company "Latvijas radio" and a non-profit organization limited liability company "Latvian television" submitted to the enterprise register of the Republic of Latvia, an application for their recording in the commercial as a public limited liability company "Latvian radio" and the national society with limited liability "the Latvian television". To the public concerned in the business register corrected for their business to be carried out in accordance with the law under which the company operated until 31 December 2004.
5. Until 1 January 2011 to the Latvian radio and Latvian Television is developing regulations on public order for the intended use.
6.31 December 2013 applicable Cabinet 2008 September 2, Regulation No 714 "procedures being introduced electronic public communication program broadcast digitally created", in so far as they do not conflict with this Act.
7.2011 December 1 regional and local electronic media can continue his television program broadcast terrestrial analog format with its technical features.
8. by 1 December 2011, but no more than 31 December 2013 regional and local electronic media can continue his television program broadcast terrestrial analog format with its technical features, if the relevant frequency band is technically feasible and does not interfere with television programs previously broadcast digitally, in coordination with the communications Directorate. In this case, the State does not provide protection from the frequencies used by the other transmitter frequency disturbances which grant the authorisations received pursuant to the international agreements.
9. The transitional provisions in paragraph 7 and 8 of the mentioned in the electronic media should be classified according to this law, the first paragraph of article 10 and article 11.
10. The transitional provisions in paragraph 7 and 8 do not apply to the electronic media, which are established by this law, the date of its entry into force. The following digital media programs provide terrestrial broadcasting digitally.
11. to launch the land broadcasting digitally, digital media feature re-register previously received broadcast licences and retransmission of terrestrial broadcasting licences. The national electronic media Council that permits, if necessary, be amended.
12.31 December 2013 electronic media television terrestrial broadcasting part on this law provides in article 72 of the merchant. 2012 31 December Cabinet of Ministers develop and submit to the Parliament a Bill which provides for the conditions under which from 2014 on January 1, the electronic media are either choosing to merchants that will ensure their dissemination of the programme, or provide your own program under the broadcast digitally.
13. The Cabinet of Ministers until 2011 January 1, develop and submit to the Parliament a draft law on the amendments required in other laws.
14. Article 18 of this law To the third paragraph of article 19 and referred to in the second paragraph of the Cabinet from the date of entry into force of the provisions, but no longer than up to January 1, 2011 the applicable Cabinet 2009 22 December 1617 rules "rules for the retransmission of broadcast licences, permits, special permits (licenses) cable and the kabeļradi (radiotranslācij) for the operation of the issuing and renewal of State fee", to the extent they do not conflict with this Act.
15. This law applied to the term "electronic medium" meet other regulations used the term "radio", "television" and "broadcasting".
16. Article 28 of this law the fifth and article 32 in the second and third paragraphs shall apply from 1 January 2011.
17. Article 71 of this law the second part of the applicable from January 1, 2012. Until 31 December 2011 for public order performers are applicable to the legal framework with respect to the national order of the performers was set in this transitional provision referred to in paragraph 1 of the radio and television law article 56.
18. Article 72 of this law the fifth part applicable from 1 January 2014.
Informative reference to European Union directive this law includes provisions arising from the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2010 on the EU directive 2010/13/about to coordinate some of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States provided for in the rules on audiovisual media services (audiovisual media services directive).
The law adopted by the Parliament in July 12, 2010.
The President of the Parliament instead of the President g. Much 2010 in Riga on July 28.