People are constantly in the information space despite it not being a physical location. This space incorporates all types of communication, the exchange and dissemination of information on various platforms. At home too, when watching television, listening to the radio, surfing the net, reading newspapers, magazines or comments on social networks, people are in the information space or some separate part of it.
The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in Article 100 of the Latvian Constitution as well as in international treaties. Freedom of expression in the information space is guaranteed and everyone is free to express their opinion, receive, retain and impart information.
Individuals usually select that part of the informative space whose language of communication they know best – they think, read, speak and listen in it, and where the messages and opinions expressed match their own. Different information spaces can be observed in Latvian society in which opinions on various issues can differ sharply.
Our task is to promote the narrowing of the information divide by creating as broad and diverse as possible common information space that will attract various sections of society, to strengthen a high quality and democratic informational space, and to widen the role of the mass media in integration
The National Security Concept lays out the connection between the information space and the integration of society. It also draws attention to the security aspects and influencing factors of the informative space.
Andris Mellakauls, Head of the Information Space Integration Division. Andris.Mellakauls@km.gov.lv, phone: +371 67330276