With the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) requesting to cancel an interview with PM Algirdas Butkevičius in the LRT news show Laba Diena, Lietuva (Good day, Lithuania), citing a ban on politicians participating in Seimas elections from appearing on live television shows, there has been a backlash from a number of prominent media figures such as Edmundas Jakilaitis, Rimvydas Valatka and Aistė Žilinskienė.
PM Algirdas Butkevičius at the DELFI TV Conference
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

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