aA
The Seimas of Lithuania's Committee on National Security and Defense, currently carrying out a probe into interest groups' influence on politicians, is also interested in journalist Tomas Dapkus working for a TV channel owned by MG Baltic, the Lietuvos Rytas daily writes.
Tomas Dapkus
Tomas Dapkus
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The daily points out that Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė mentioned the parliamentary probe earlier this week when she confirmed the fact of her email exchanges with former leader of Liberal Movement Eligijus Masiulis, a suspect in a political corruption case. In one of those emails the president called Dapkus "a hound".

In an interview with the LRT public broadcaster, Grybauskaitė said that "unfortunately, there are journalists who are becoming a tool for or a representative of interests groups, lobbyists etc". Further speaking about journalists' alleged violations of professional ethics, the president mentioned the Committee of National Security and Defense's ongoing investigation into possible business's influence on political processes. The committee is expected to submit its conclusions to the Seimas by June.

Sources told the Lietuvos Rytas that Dapkus, having close relations with MG Baltic owners, is mentioned in the parliamentary probe as one of the key figures between politicians and businessmen.

Former MG Baltic Vice President Raimondas Kurlianskis is suspected of bribery and influence peddling, and Dapkus has been questioned as a witness in this political corruption case.

Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Committee of National Security and Defense, says the State Security Department and the Special Investigation Service are now considering which part of the classified information used during the investigation could be declassified and published. The probe's conclusions have not been drawn up yet.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Nauseda: Lithuania will have to go back to financial discipline after corona crisis

Once the coronavirus crisis ends and the economic situation gets back to normal, Lithuania will...

3 new coronavirus cases

On Wednesday, 3 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, it adds to 1857 confirmed...

Loop traffic has taken effect in Vilnius Old Town

On 7 July, a new order for arranging traffic in Vilnius Old Town took effect – visitors and...

Self-isolation required for arrivals from 58 worst hit countries

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection...

Media watchdog bans Russian broadcaster RT (2)

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK) on Wednesday banned Russia's broadcaster RT...

Top news

Nauseda: Lithuania will have to go back to financial discipline after corona crisis

Once the coronavirus crisis ends and the economic situation gets back to normal, Lithuania will...

Tours operators suspend trips to Bulgaria over coronavirus concerns

Lithuania's tour operators Novaturas and Tez Tour have decided not to organize trips to Bulgaria...

President: Lithuania must defend its haulers' interests 'to the hilt'

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda backs the government's plans to contest the EU Mobility Package...

Loop traffic has taken effect in Vilnius Old Town

On 7 July, a new order for arranging traffic in Vilnius Old Town took effect – visitors and...

Kaunastic discoveries: music in Kaunas this July

Here’s what the Kaunas calendar has to offer, including cumbia, classical music , urban sounds...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina