An event in support of the independent Baltic media to take place in Riga

The Baltic Times, a Riga-based independent monthly newspaper published in English, is hosting a fundraising event in the Latvian capital to support the independent media; Estonian World’s editor-in-chief Silver Tambur is also due to speak at the gathering on 10 October.

Gene Zolotarev, the publisher of the Baltic Times, told Estonian World that his paper had been committed to support a democratic society – in which the independent media is a crucial part of – since his publication was founded in 1992.

Zolotarev, who will give a welcome speech at the event, said that in recent years, the paper had sponsored an essay contest for young journalists to promote the importance of independent journalism, as “an important building block” of any democratic society.

“During the programme, which will take place over a gourmet sit-down dinner, we will honour several journalists who have made a tangible impact on the development of independent Baltic media. A special musical treat will also await the guests,” he said.

“The proceeds of the event will go to help young journalists – the winners of the Baltic Times essay competitions – as new aspiring beacons of truth and transparency in our society,” Zolotarev noted. “The gala will bring together many of the leaders who will shape the future of the Baltic region, including senior government officials, diplomatic dignitaries and top businesspeople. Last year, over 45 ambassadors, senior diplomats, state officials and business leaders attended.”

Lithuanian journalist Linas Jegelevičius; Elena Sheinina, the editor-in-chief of the VIP Lounge magazine; and Silver Tambur, the editor-in-chief and cofounder of Estonian World, will all speak at the function.

Individual tickets for the gala are €95 each (or €180 for two), and Corporate Sponsor packages are available for €3,000 as a Gold Sponsor (includes a table for 10 and 10 lifetime subscriptions to the Baltic Times) and for €2,000 as a Silver Sponsor (seating for six and and lifetime subscriptions to the Baltic Times). To reserve tickets, please contact Tatiana Linde.

The cover image is illustrative.

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