Seimas passes law giving media greater protection from law enforcement

On Thursday, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public and the Code of Criminal Procedure initiated by President Dalia Grybauskaitė. It is hoped this will enhance freedom of the press, democracy and respect of human rights.
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