As reported by de facto programme, for assistance to a foreign state or organization which are harmful to the security interests of Latvia, the activity will face up to five years in prison. It is connected with obtaining information of public importance, if the process is not related to espionage. If this rule be adopted in the current wording, up to 5 years of imprisonment can threaten and journalists, who were able to get virtually a secret document.
In the early summer of last year at an extraordinary meeting of the parliamentary Commission for national security discussed the article Agnes margevica about the relations of the employees of the security Police of persons who require access to state secrets. After the meeting with the head of the Commission of cavity Aboltina you to understand what great concern among deputies has caused not the information contained in the publication, namely the activities of the journalist.
"We also discussed the question of whether there is a need to change laws to such information, which, of course, causes damage to organs of state security, was published in this form without checking... So you may be evaluated for possible changes in the Criminal law, and it could make the Commission on national security, which would act with such legislative initiative," — said Aboltina.
In March this year, the Commission on national security, together with the Legal Commission of the diet has submitted amendments to the Criminal law in which significant changes have undergone many of the articles in the section "crimes against the state". The main emphasis is on espionage and anti-state activities.
However, the amendments envisaged to complement and introduction of responsibility for illegal receipt of information constituting a state secret, if these actions no signs of espionage. The punishment of deprivation of liberty for up to three years, or short term imprisonment or forced labor or monetary fine. If this is done in a group and on preliminary arrangement — for up to five years of imprisonment.
The state secret is considered, for example, information about the lists of employees of the KGB. Therefore, it is possible that in the new edition TIES will be able to judge and journalists who investigate the activities of unscrupulous officials of gosbezopanosti. This rule should be corrected or eliminated, and what encourages the Association of journalists of Latvia.
"If I as a journalist has received information containing a state secret, and then sold it, I don't see any problem to judge me as any other person. If I as a journalist have received such information, for possession of which I do not answer, and in the public interest decide to distribute, I do not think it is acceptable to call to criminal responsibility," — said the head of the Association Sanita Emberga.
We will remind that the initiator of amendments to the BONDS were made by the Bureau for the protection of the Constitution, the security Police and military intelligence and security. The amendments were agreed with the working group of the Ministry of justice of Latvia.
It is noteworthy that the BOP denied any connection between the amendment to the bond to the publication of Agnes Marcovici and the subsequent statements of cavity Aboltina. And the Deputy head of the parliamentary Commission on state security Karlis Sergeants stated that the amendments to the law in no way directed against the Latvian state-loyal journalists who want to uncover any cases, and, probably, against disloyal journalists, businessmen and others.
Answering the question of how will you measure the loyalty, the Sergeants said, "Well, we already see this now".