In 2018, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted amendments to the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, thereby endorsing the proposal to establish the Information System on Public Information Producers and Disseminators. Additional data on public information producers (disseminators) and their activities will become publicly available in the System, in order to ensure greater transparency of provision of information to the public and objectivity of public information.
The Information System will provide the following additional data related to public information producers (disseminators): the name, type and category of the public media entity controlled by them; the first and last name of the person responsible for the content distributed by the public media entity, when the person responsible for the content is other than the manager of the legal entity; information concerning grave professional misconduct; information about public information producers/disseminators, who do not comply with the rules of professional ethics; information about the revenue of public information producers/disseminators gained from political advertising and funds received on the basis of a transaction or an administrative act, the source of which is the state or municipal budget or other foundation established by the state or municipality, or a state or municipal undertaking.
The Information System will be launched by November 2020.
The funding provided for the implementation of the System amounts to USD 236 835