Delfi (web portal)
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Type of site
Delfi (occasionally capitalized as DELFI) is a major internet portal in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine providing daily news, ranging from gardening to politics. It ranks as the most popular website among Lithuanian and Estonian internet users.
Delfi operates in the respective Baltic countries under the domain names delfi.ee, delfi.lv, and delfi.lt. Aside from versions in the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian languages, the company offers Russian language versions of its portal in all three countries. Also, from spring 2007 it offered Russian language site in Ukraine under delfi.ua. In 12 March 2012 started Polish version under pl.delfi.lt. A year later an English version was added under en.delfi.lt.
In March 2014 Ukrainian version was closed.
Delfi was established in 1999 by the Estonian company MicroLink and sold in 2003 to the Norwegian company Findexa. In 2007 Estonian media group Ekspress Grupp acquired 100% of Delfi stocks for €54m. It operates under a single name in the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, and also in Ukraine. It has its own bureau in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Warsaw, and Stockholm. It also sources its news reports from the Baltic News Service and from wire services.
Freedom of speech
Because visitors of Delfi can anonymously comment on every news story, this site generates debates over freedom of speech in the Baltic States. Some members of the Estonian and Lithuanian Parliaments have proposed laws making Delfi and other news portals responsible for the contents of anonymous comments. In September 2006, attorneys of Artūras Zuokas, the mayor for Vilnius, asked public prosecutors to seize Delfi servers and reveal the IP addresses of all anonymous commentators that have written comments about him in several Delfi publications. 
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