Delfi (web portal)

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Web address

* The Delfi web portal for Estonia
* The Delfi web portal for Latvia
* The Delfi web portal for Lithuania
* The Delfi web portal in Russian
* The Delfi web portal in Polish

* The Delfi web portal in English
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Web portal
Registration Optional
Available in multilingual
Current status Active

Delfi (occasionally capitalized as DELFI) is a major internet portal in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania providing daily news, ranging from gardening to politics.[1] It ranks as the most popular website among Lithuanian and Estonian internet users.[2][3]

Delfi operates in the respective Baltic countries under the domain names,, and 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 In 12 March 2012 started Polish version under A year later an English version was added under

In March 2014 version was closed.[4]

Company development[edit]

Delfi was established in 1999 by the Estonian company MicroLink and sold in 2003 to the Norwegian company Findexa.[5] In 2007 Estonian media group Ekspress Grupp acquired 100% of Delfi stocks for €54m.[6] 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.[1]

Freedom of speech[edit]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] [10] March 2015 Estonian Delfi started defamation campaign against Conservative People's Party of Estonia and closed comment sections because of ideological disagreement and, arguably, because of harsh criticism they received. [11]

In June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights unexpectedly ruled in Delfi AS v. Estonia that was responsible for its readers' comments.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b Laima Nevinskaite (13 November 2003). "Media of the Baltic States in the European Communication Networks" (PDF). The European Public Sphere Conference, Europäische Akademie, Berlin Grunewald, 28–30 November 2003. Europäische Akademie Berlin. 
  2. ^ "gemiusAudience :: Home". Gemius Eesti O. 
  3. ^ "gemiusAudience :: Home". Gemius Baltic. 
  4. ^ "Эстонский медиа-концерн прекращает свою деятельность в Украине". (in Russian). RIA Novosti Ukraina. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Findexa acquires the Baltic news portal Delfi". European Association of Directory and Database Publishers. 16 December 2003. 
  6. ^ "Ekspress Group buys Delfi portals for 54 million euros". The Baltic Times. 8 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Parliament fails to adopt controversial bill on censoring webcommentators" (PDF). Baltic Business News Newsletter. 18 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Seimo narių siūlomose pataisose - ir didesni suvaržymai žiniasklaidai" (in Lithuanian). Delfi News. 20 June 2006. 
  9. ^ Vanagas, Justinas (4 September 2006). "A.Zuokas - prieš komentarus apie jį rašančius internautus" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. 
  10. ^ "Lithuania_Tribune and DELFI commence operation of joint venture". 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Newman, Liz Hay. "EU Court Unexpectedly Rules Estonian Website Is Responsible for User Comments". Slate. 
  13. ^ Moody, Glyn. "Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments". Ars Technica. 


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