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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian prime minister speaks out against wiretapping journalists

(BNS) Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said he did not approve of police wiretapping journalists in criminal investigations, on Ziniu Radijas news, Thursday.

(BNS) Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said he did not approve of police wiretapping journalists in criminal investigations, on Ziniu Radijas news, Thursday.

“I evaluate it negatively. I believe law enforcement institutions, if they have any suspicions, must employ totally different measures,” Butkevicius said.

The Baltic News Service, BNS, appealed to Lithuanian Judicial Council Chair Gintaras Kryzevicius, Prosecutor General Darius Raulusaitis, and Special Investigation Service Chief Saulius Urbanavicius after learning BNS journalists had been extensively wiretapped.

The appeal came after prosecutors revealed that a recent criminal investigation of state secret leaks and abuse of office involved secretly recording the telephone conversations of 17 BNS employees.

The criminal probe was launched last year after BNS reported that Lithuania’s State Security Department had warned state leaders and two parliamentary committees about possible informational provocations.

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