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Com­mit­ment to the best jour­nal­ism

Re­spond­ing to the cor­dial in­vi­ta­tion of Gene Zolotarev, the pub­lisher of The Baltic

Times, the only English-lan­guage print news­pa­per in the Baltics, 52 re­spectable guests rep­re­sent­ing Riga-based em­bassies and for­eign trade mis­sions, ed­u­ca­tional, le­gal, and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions gath­ered on the evening of Oct. 25 at Riga’s Grand Palace Ho­tel in Riga for the third an­nual

The Baltic Times gala din­ner, in the pub­lisher’s words, to “raise a ro­bust demo­cratic so­ci­ety” through rais­ing sup­port for in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism in the Baltics.

“The Baltic Times has been com­mit­ted to this cause since the pa­per was founded in 1992. In re­cent years we have spon­sored an es­say con­test among young jour­nal­ists to pro­mote the im­por­tance of in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, as an im­por­tant build­ing block of any demo­cratic so­ci­ety … The role of me­dia and jour­nal­ism be­gan to be viewed in­creas­ingly as ‘war­fare,’ an ef­fec­tive and le­git­i­mate way to weaken your ad­ver­sary, to di­vide him from within … We are proud that 50 young, tal­ented, and pol­i­tics-savvy jour­nal­ists from all over the world con­trib­ute with their con­tent,” Zolotarev un­der­scored in his open­ing speech.

Among the key­note speak­ers were Pre­ston Smith, who has un­der his belt two decades of in­ves­tiga­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in the Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­pean re­gion and who, for the past five years, has fo­cused specif­i­cally on risk ad­vi­sory, due dili­gence and se­cu­rity as­sess­ment and Dr. Valdis Birkavs, a for­mer Lat­vian prime min­is­ter and mem­ber of the Club de Madrid.

Dr Valdis Birkavs’ speech touched the tense geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, and the chal­lenges Latvia — and Europe — now face with a resur­gent Rus­sia in the east, and the new po­lit­i­cal pic­ture in Europe in the wake of Brexit.

Guests in­cluded Hamid Lad­je­vardi, chair­man of Amer­i­can Baltic In­vest­ments; a size­able group of am­bas­sadors and se­nior diplo­mats of the US, China, Ukraine, Turkey, and Ire­land to the Repub­lic of Latvia; prom­i­nent busi­ness­men, in­clud­ing Ja­nis Marsans, CEO of Dienas Biz­ness; Chung-yung Keng of Taipei mis­sion to Riga; Ag­nese Kara­seva of Vidzemes Augst­skola; Oyvinds Ok­lands of NLA Me­dia School in Nor­way; An­dris Vil­cmeiers, mem­ber of the board of Max­ima Latvia; Alexan­der Zelin­sky, a se­nior part­ner at Five Con­sult; and oth­ers.

The re­sult of a merger be­tween The Baltic In­de­pen­dent and The Baltic Ob­server in 1996, The Baltic Times con­tin­ues to bring ob­jec­tive, com­pre­hen­sive, and timely in­for­ma­tion to those with an in­ter­est in the Baltic Sea re­gion with its fort­nightly news­pa­per and daily on­line pres­ence.

It is the only news­pa­per pro­vid­ing in­de­pen­dent news in the English lan­guage from the three Baltic States of Latvia, Lithua­nia, and Es­to­nia.

“I will con­tinue to give my full sup­port to the pa­per, which even in chang­ing times in the me­dia in­dus­try has been able to trans­form it­self and re­main rel­e­vant in re­port­ing on is­sues that are of im­por­tance to both sup­port­ing demo­cratic process, and of cov­er­ing is­sues of im­por­tance to the Baltic States,” em­pha­sised Zolotarev.

“The role of me­dia and jour­nal­ism be­gan to be viewed in­creas­ingly as ‘war­fare,’ an ef­fec­tive and le­git­i­mate way to weaken your ad­ver­sary, to di­vide him from within … We are proud that 50 young, tal­ented, and pol­i­tics-savvy jour­nal­ists from all over the world con­trib­ute with their con­tent,” Zolotarev, The Baltic Times pub­lisher, un­der­scored in his open­ing speech.”

The pro­ceeds will go to sup­port young jour­nal­ists in the Baltics.

The event was spon­sored by the Law Of­fice Spridzans, BDO Latvia, and Ever­sheds Bi­tans. The Baltic Times ap­proached a hand­ful The Baltic Times Gala Din­ner guests and in­quired them about their long-stand­ing friend­ship with the news­pa­per. Mats Kjaer, vice chair­man Swedish Cham­ber of Com­merce:

I am with The Baltic Times since be­gin­ning of 1999, when I started to work in the Baltic States. I keep stick­ing with the news­pa­per be­cause it cov­ers all three Baltic coun­tries. It is pub­lished in English and re­flects many things I need to be up­dated about. First of all, busi­ness up­dates and then all changes in all-level po­lit­i­cal elec­tions and gov­ern­ment changes! Geopo­lit­i­cal is­sues and their ob­jec­tive eval­u­a­tion that The Baltic Times pro­vides also finds my in­ter­est. I would like to en­cour­age all The Baltic Times con­trib­u­tors to re­flect on all is­sues neu­trally and with no po­lit­i­cal tinge. In this cli­mate, we need to have an ob­jec­tive and good anal­y­sis of the over­all sit­u­a­tion.

Chung-yung KENG, di­rec­tor of di­vi­sion at Taipei Mis­sion in the Repub­lic of Latvia

I was very glad to at­tend with my rep­re­sen­ta­tive the an­nual Gala Din­ner hosted by The Baltic Times.

Our Mis­sion has been the loyal sub­scriber of The Baltic Times for many years, 20 or so, I be­lieve, al­though I ar­rived in Riga in Jan­uary 2015. I value The Baltic Times as it is the only printed English news­pa­per pub­lished in Latvia, which pro­vides for­eign­ers liv­ing in Latvia with var­i­ous news cov­er­ing the Baltic States. When I pick up a new is­sue of the news­pa­per, I al­ways look for the com­men­tary sec­tion first. If I were to wish for some­thing, I’d like The Baltic Times con­sider or­gan­is­ing char­ity events and cov­er­ing more about the his­tory of the Baltic States.

An­sis Spridzans, Law Of­fice Spridzans

I am not reg­u­lar reader of the news­pa­per, but I highly re­spect its unique strate­gic po­si­tion to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to English lan­guage read­ers in­ter­ested in the Baltic re­gion. The Baltic Times is in a po­si­tion to take more ob­jec­tive and in­de­pen­dent view on events rather than lo­cal news­pa­pers cov­er­ing only one coun­try. This is what is needed for the in­ter­na­tional reader. I like how BT cov­ers the other two coun­tries, Es­to­nia and Lithua­nia. I wish all the best suc­cess to The Baltic Times!

Valdis Birkavs, a Lat­vian politi­cian, for­mer Lat­vian Prime Min­is­ter

I‘ve been read­ing The Baltic Times since the very be­gin­ning and reg­u­larly. I like it be­cause it is in­ter­na­tional and an­a­lyt­i­cal and I deem it an im­por­tant source of anal­y­sis and re­search of in­ter­na­tional and orig­i­nal trends.

Ag­nese Kara­seva, di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Me­dia Stud­ies at Latvia’s Vidzeme Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sciences

For me The Baltic Times serves as a teach­ing tool: we an­a­lyse its con­tent with our me­dia and jour­nal­ism stu­dents at Vidzeme Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sciences when study­ing the Lat­vian and Baltic me­dia en­vi­ron­ment. Dur­ing the busy work­days I mainly scan the head­lines on the TBT web­page, how­ever, I find my­self stay­ing longer with the con­tent that is re­lated to ed­u­ca­tional mat­ters in Latvia. As a PHD stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Tartu I am in­ter­ested in var­i­ous news from Es­to­nia, too. To the staff of The Baltic Times I wish lots of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm in pro­vid­ing qual­i­ta­tive jour­nal­is­tic con­tent and also an ex­pand­ing au­di­ence to which to re­port to!

 ??  ?? H.E. Mr. Yev­gen Pere­by­nis, am­bas­sador of Ukraine; H.E. Mr. Hayri Hayret Yalav, am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Turkey;agris Bi­tans, man­ag­ing part­ner at Ever­sheds Latvia; Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times.
H.E. Mr. Yev­gen Pere­by­nis, am­bas­sador of Ukraine; H.E. Mr. Hayri Hayret Yalav, am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Turkey;agris Bi­tans, man­ag­ing part­ner at Ever­sheds Latvia; Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times.
 ??  ?? H.E. Mr. Huang Yong, am­bas­sador of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China; Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times; Dr Valdis Birkavs, for­mer Lat­vian prime min­is­ter; Hamid Lad­je­vardi, chair­man of Amer­i­can Baltic In­vest­ments.
H.E. Mr. Huang Yong, am­bas­sador of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China; Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times; Dr Valdis Birkavs, for­mer Lat­vian prime min­is­ter; Hamid Lad­je­vardi, chair­man of Amer­i­can Baltic In­vest­ments.
 ??  ?? Valdis Birkavs, for­mer Lat­vian prime min­is­ter, mem­ber of the Club de Madrid.
Valdis Birkavs, for­mer Lat­vian prime min­is­ter, mem­ber of the Club de Madrid.
 ??  ?? Linas Jegele­vi­cius, edi­tor-in-chief of The Baltic Times.
Linas Jegele­vi­cius, edi­tor-in-chief of The Baltic Times.
 ??  ?? Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times
Gene Zolotarev, pub­lisher of The Baltic Times

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