Lithua­nia's rul­ing LFGU to cir­cu­late 300,000 copies of party pa­per

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The rul­ing Lithua­nian Farm­ers and Greens Union (LFGU) pledges to kick off the next po­lit­i­cal sea­son with a so­lu­tion of the party's main prob­lem – com­mu­ni­ca­tion faults, which, in the words of the party's leader Ra­mu­nas Kar­bauskis, has so far kept the po­lit­i­cal force from proper pre­sen­ta­tion of the de­ci­sions taken by the par­lia­ment and the gov­ern­ment to the pub­lic.

In Kar­bauskis' words, the party will dis­trib­ute 300,000 copies of its news­pa­per shortly.

"We have com­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues and they have a very high cost in the peo­ple's opin­ion of the work that we do. We will learn to im­prove the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and de­liver the mes­sage, ex­plain­ing the rea­sons be­hind our de­ci­sions. We are pre­par­ing a news­pa­per of the party, which will be dis­trib­uted in a large num­ber of copies, as usual. It will be our in­stru­ment that we use to up­date ev­ery res­i­dent of Lithua­nia on our as­sess­ment and ar­gu­men­ta­tion be­hind cer­tain de­ci­sions and po­ten­tial con­se­quences," he told jour­nal­ists af­ter a meet­ing of the party's coun­cil in Naisiai, north­ern Lithua­nia, on Satur­day, July 22.

Kar­bauskis said the party had been pub­lish­ing the bul­letin a few times a year un­til now, not­ing that the num­ber of copies should now be in­creased.

The LFGU leader said he wanted to learn from his own mis­takes when stub­born char­ac­ter some­times causes him to lose con­trol dur­ing some in­ter­views.

Ex­perts say that the rul­ing party's plans to write a news­pa­per was due to mis­un­der­stand­ings with the tra­di­tional me­dia.

Ari­jus Katauskas, se­nior part­ner at Nova Me­dia pub­lic re­la­tions com­pany, said that the party had failed to make proper con­tacts with jour­nal­ists.

"It is nor­mal that when you fail to make proper con­tacts with the me­dia and work with it by way of nor­mal in­stru­ments of pub­lic re­la­tions, you choose the chan­nel that you own," the pub­lic re­la­tions ex­pert em­pha­sised.

His words were echoed by Kes­tutis Grinius, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of the Vil­nius Uni­ver­sity's In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Po­lit­i­cal Science In­sti­tute who had worked in Ra­dio Free Europe for years. Grinius said the LFGU leader's po­si­tion lately looked a lot like US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's state­ments about the me­dia.

"Kar­bauskis is start­ing to talk like Trump, as if he is do­ing every­thing well but the me­dia cov­ers it in bad light (…). In­stead of look­ing at the mis­takes he has made and the trou­bles he en­coun­tered, he says he is do­ing every­thing well but the bad me­dia cov­ers every­thing in bad man­ner," he em­pha­sized.

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