Justas Kidykas is a graduate student and a current intern at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. He holds a B.A. degree in Social Sciences and is currently doing his M.A. in International Security, with a specialization on Diplomacy and Russia, at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Justas has previously completed internships at the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania and at the Embassy of Lithuania in France. He also worked as a contributing writer for an online magazine Duel Amical. Moreover, Justas has engaged in various activities and projects regarding the prevention of hate-speech online, debating and Model United Nations, and strengthening the Lithuanian community abroad. His areas of academic interest include strategic communications, EU-Russia relations and multi-stakeholder governance.
The Government has taken several steps that pose a threat to the freedom of media in Lithuania. Even though the political leadership has not implemented all of their suggestions, the lack of respect to journalists and the public’s right to know raises many doubts about whether the pressure on the media will ever let up.