Tag Archives: Journalism

Hitting the end of the road

Non-citizen passport

Few months after I made up my mind and decided to work on the non-citizenship subject for my first tv news documentary, and also after dozens of interviews and posts in this blog, I can say that the job is done.

The final piece is finished, though I am now gathering some important – for me – reviews before handing it in.

I am chuffed as nuts to see that all the hard work has finally paid off. Intense months where people around me had to bear with my ups and downs due to the stressing process of such a big project.

Of course there are always bits in the final output that I – and whoever knows about these things would agree with me –
would change. I keep thinking… “Should I move some clips around or change anything? Do I need more footage?” and so on.

I am an extremely perfectionist person, so I know this little bugger will always be whispering such thing into my ears. No matter where I am or what I do.

In the next couple of weeks I will be posting up some more bits of each interviewee, so you can get a broader glimpse of all what they say.  At the same time, the final documentary will be available to watch online any time soon – probably at the beginning of September.

Finally, I want to say that while writing this post, I noticed that this site has reached the 2,000 visitors since it was created back in February. Honestly, thank you so much. I never expected to have that many views. However, that also means that people have been getting engaged with the project as it was growing month by month. Thank you so much again for your patience and dedication to read and watch all what I’ve been sharing with you!



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“I feel cheated by politicians who do not represent us”

Interview with Alex Krasnitsky

Alex Krasnitsky is the former editor of the Russian-language daily Telegraf. He was born in Riga and assures me he has Latvian roots in both his father and his mother’s family, something he has proved with documentation.

However, his grandparents lived a “Romeo and Juliet story” and left Latvija because “their respective families opposed the marriage.”

They ended up 28 kilometers far from the Latvian border. However, it was Russia.

He does not want to hear about naturalisation, although he says he has thought about it several times. He still feels cheated, for he says all citizens were promised full right citizenship during the ‘awakening period’ in the late 80s early 90s. He loves Latvija, but after twenty years holding a non-citizen passport he has learnt to enjoy life as it comes.

“At a social level there is no such problem, but I think we have been used politically most of the times. Personally, I do not feel represented by the so called pro-russian parties, which are considered leftish parties,” says Alex.

“I love my country and sometimes I have felt alone and isolated from a political point of view. I do think we have been kind of forgotten over the years. However, I have learnt to look into the future and enjoy my life as any other Latvian citizen.

“It has to be said that the issue is not as hot as it used to be, but the Government of Latvija faces important social challenges regarding non-citizens and social integration.”

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The importance of impartiality and accuracy

The Internet offers a vast number of resources available to help you to know more about the situation of non-citizens in Latvia (and also the Baltic countries). For instance, the below video is a good example.

Russia Today , an English TV network operating from Russia, reported on the situation of non-citizens back in 2008.

It is a good piece with plenty of interviewees and a lot of colour, but lacks of impartiality and accuracy. We are only seeing one side of the debate / controversy, for all the interviews are people involved in promoting their rights.

Plus the piece gives limited background to understand the issue.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not taking sides, as you could have seen if you have been following this blog. I am trying to analyse and understand the problem deeply, so I can offer a the best output possible with my final piece.

We have to bear in mind important issues that the reporter in the above video, I assume, forgot to tell her audience… History, politics, language and economics play important roles and should help us to understand the problem a lot better.

Impartiality and/or accuracy are vital for journalists, especially when we deal with topics like this, which affect many citizens in Latvia. Hence my aim is to tell you all about non-citizens’ life, people who have naturalised over the last years and of course try to understand why after 20 years since Latvia regained its independence there are more than 326,000 people holding an alien passport in the Baltic country.

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