15 min

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15 min
IndustryNews media
Key people
Tomas Balžekas
Publisher and CEO
ParentEesti Meedia

15min (Lithuanian: Penkiolika minučių) is one of the largest news websites in Lithuania, and is owned by Estonian media company Eesti Meedia. The website attracts over one million unique users per month and is led by publisher and CEO Tomas Balžekas.

15min was founded in 2005 as a free daily newspaper published in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda and was distributed in public buses, streets, and some cafés. In December 2011, it became a weekly newspaper circulating in seven Lithuanian cities.[1] The newspaper was closed in 2013 as the company decided to concentrate its operations on digital platforms only.

In May 2016, 15min disabled anonymous comments, starting an "Internet Hygiene" movement.[citation needed] In 2016, 15min introduced a paywall to ad-blockers.

15min is known for its explanatory journalism and investigative journalism and was an official partner of the Panama Papers investigation team.


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