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Media organizations have on Tuesday asked government institutions to defer tax payments and provide state subsidies to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Media organizations ask Lithuanian government for assistance due to coronavirus situation
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In a public statement, media outlets say adverting orders are being cancelled and publications are being withdrawn from closed points of sale.

"The problems of cancelled advertising orders and the withdrawal of publications from closes points of sale pose threat to continuous functioning of both national and regional media outlets," the statement says.

Media representative warn they are facing financial problems, and if the existing quarantine is extended and the state provides no assistance, the functioning of the media might be "practically impossible".

"The total adverting market contraction is estimated to stand at 60 million euros a year," media representatives say

"Additional losses of 6 million euros are estimated from clearly reduced sales of printed publications at points of sale," the statement reads.

It was signed by the heads of the association "National Press", the national association of district and city newspaper publishers, the Lithuanian Radio and television and online media.

They are asking the government to defer tax payments for companies of the media sector for four months, to provide state subsidies for salary payments, and simplify the public sector's public procurement tenders for information dissemination.

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