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Let's go Slovakia, let's go, everyone! 

Author:Dace Akule

The official Yes campaign started only 2 weeks before the referendum and it cost almost one million Euro. Several NGOs have announced their plans to file a complaint with the Constitutional court - they claim the referendum was undemocratic, as the few public discussions on the EU excluded EU-sceptics. Read

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On Potemkin Villages and Campaign Finance Reform 

Author:Providus

Many political parties in Latvia are little more than Potemkin villages, presenting the façade of a party, but lacking the appropriate organizational and sociological features. Some are little more than fronts for particular corporate interests. This institutional weakness, in turn, leads to voter alienation, apathy and, ultimately, disillusionment with the democratic system. Read

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The Minority Convention: ratification after thorough consideration 

Author:Providus

Apparently, the traditional saying, “minorities hope for too much, but Latvians fear too much,” rings true as far as the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is concerned. The optimal solution would be to create a working group in the Saeima (Parliament) to thoroughly prepare for ratification, the precise date of which has yet to be determined. Read

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Zviedrijas Preses ombuda biroja noteikumi 

Author:Providus

Instruction for the Office of the Press Ombudsman

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The Press Ombudsman (PO) shall provide advice and assistance to individuals who feel offended by something that has been published in a newspaper, other periodical or Internet publication, investigate deviations from good journalistic practice, either on his own initiative or following an application, whenever appropriate refer such cases for decision by the Press Council and, by participating in public debate further the cause good journalistic practice.
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Zviedrijas Preses Padomes harta 

Author:Providus

Charter of the Press Council

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The Press Council shall review cases concerning good journalistic practice. The Council shall be entitled to interpret the meaning of this concept as it sees fit.
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Zviedrijas preses, radio un televīzijas ētikas kods 

Author:Providus

Code of Ethics for Press, Radio and Television in Sweden Read

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Informācija par Somijas plašsaziņas līdzekļu padomi 

Author:Providus

What is the Council for Mass Media in Finland

The Council is self-regulated
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Labas žurnālistikas prakses vadlīnijas - Somija 

Author:Providus

Apstiprinājusi Somijas Žurnālistu apvienība 1992. gadā
Guidelines for good journalistic practice
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The Hungarian EU referendum - a passive choice? 

Author:Providus

An evaluation of the three-month long government campaign reveals that it did not address the important questions of accession. Instead, the huge pro-EU posters said, “Can I open a confectionery in Vienna? YES!”, “Are there nice girls in Europe? YES”, “May I eat poppy-seed bread in Europe? YES”, etc. Read