Never before has the free press been so persecuted in Lithuania as it is now
Never before has the free press been so persecuted in Lithuania as it is now, with journalists being imprisoned, their cases tried in absentia, and the media suffocated at the hands of the police under the orders of the government
On 4 October 2022, I received a notification from Hostex, the company that has registered the domain www.laisvaslaikrastis.lt, that we are allegedly violating the laws of the Republic of Lithuania and that it will be forced to terminate the contract for the domain registration.
The news that the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court has already heard some administrative case No. eI2-6259-596/2022, in which it ruled that we have violated the laws of the Republic of Lithuania, is a complete news to us, and we have not been informed of the case by the court or the Office of the Inspector of Journalists’ Ethics (OIJ), the reporting party.
The fact that the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court is constantly hearing administrative cases in absentia, without the defendants knowing anything about it, has become a tradition and an ongoing criminal activity.
The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court refused to provide the above mentioned ruling, which acknowledges that we have allegedly violated the law, even after we wrote to them.
That is to say, the judges of the said court examined the administrative case, ruled that we had violated the law, but did not inform us of this, and even refused to provide us with the court’s ruling on the grounds that we were „not part of the case“.
The court ruled that we had violated the LT law without any notice and without our participation. Even though the law clearly states that we should have been involved in the case because we are those whose „rights or obligations may be affected by the outcome of the case“.