Disputes over Access

A Study on Journalists’ Practices and Freedom of Information Policies in the Baltics

Disputes over Access grew out of interaction between journalists and civil servants in the Baltics

The Study Disputes over Access examines the efficiency of the Journalists’ Access to information mechanisms in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and seeks to provide a basis for policy change that would lead to improved sustainability within journalism in the Baltic States. The empirical part of the Study analyses and contextualises fifteen disputes between journalists and public servants over restrictions to collect information. The Study concludes that practices of information provision to journalists differ in many aspects, and discusses the best and questionable practices, as well as, challenges journalists and civil servants face in different countries.

Report Team

Research Manager and Principal Investigator Dionizas Litvaitis 

Freelance Journalist and Media Researcher, Finland/Lithuania

Investigator Dr. Halliki Harro-Loit

Professor of Journalism at The University of Tartu, Estonia

Investigator Karolis Vyšniauskas

Editor at Nara.lt, Lithuania

Investigator Anastasija Tetarenko-Supe

Editor at National Information Agency LETA, Latvia

Henry-Laur Allik

Journalist at Postimees, Estonia

Science Editor Dr. Gintarė Pocė

Researcher at The Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Methodology Consultant Dr. Klinta Ločmele

Researcher at The Advanced Social and Political Research Institute of The University of Latvia, Latvia

Language Editor Richard Schofield

Freelance Editor, Lithuania

Proofreader Noah Brehmer

Editor at Endash Proofreading Cooperative, Lithuania

Steering Committee

Vita Anda Tērauda

Ex-Chair, Media Policy Subcommittee, Human Rights and Social Affairs Committee, Parliament of Latvia, Latvia

Vytautas Kernagis

Member of The Culture Committee, Parliament of Lithuania, Lithuania

Dr. Andres Jõesaar

Adviser (Media) at The Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Estonia

Dr. Anda Rožukalne

Professor at Riga Stradiņš University, Public Media Ombudsperson, Latvia

Dr. Ragne Kõuts-Klemm

Associate Professor in Sociology of Journalism, Deputy Head of Research and Development at The Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

Dr. Salla Nazarenko

International Ombudsman of The Finnish Journalists Union, Finland

Viktoras Daukšas

Head at Debunk.org, Lithuania

Nino Japarashvili

Senior Knowledge & Quality Officer at Free Press Unlimited, The Netherlands

Rugilė Trumpytė

Accountability Expert, CEO of The Diversity Charter, Lithuania

Natalija Bitiukova

Lawyer, Data Protection Officer at IKEA | CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, Denmark

Helle Tiikmaa

Chair of The Board of The Estonian Journalists Union, Estonia

Dainius Radzevičius

Head of The Lithuanian Union of Journalists, Lithuania

Marius Dragomir

Director, Media and Journalism Research Institute, Spain

Erik Halkjaer

Vice President of The Reporters Without Borders Sweden, Sweden

The Study was funded by

The Study was produced by Balticada Investigations Studio in partnership with Reporters Without Borders

Balticada Investigations Studio is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that produces research and educational programs aiming to explore the fuzzy edges of the hegemonic knowledges that shape our political realities.

Reporters Without Borders is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization. It promotes the right of every human being to have access to free and reliable information, acts for the freedom, pluralism, and independence of journalism, and defends those who embody these ideals.