Popetown broadcaster fined in Lithuania

The Lithuanian TV watchdog has fined the director of MTV Networks Baltic for airing Popetown. Acting on a complaint from the Catholic church in January, members of the Radio and Television Commission voted unanimously to fine Marius Veselis 3000 litas ($1435). Apparently the cartoon portrayed the clergy as destructive and incited religious discrimination.

MTV Lietuva will appeal the decision. A spokesperson said:

We have aired the series in all the three Baltic states, but it caused such a reaction only in Lithuania

Veselis said last month that the case has revealed Lithuania as “sort of half-medieval, half-communist, sick culture”.

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