Latvia is one of the least covered countries in terms of news production by the major companies. To be fair, we cannot blame them. The Latvian news market is dominated by large corporations, but rather than providing the news in a modern way and distributing it through the internet, these companies use the old fashioned way of printing out the press on the daily, and for good reason: most of Latvia does not have access to high speed internet, and it is in many ways a developing country in terms of the culture and rules adhered to in day to day life.
Chas is a daily newspaper published in Latvia by Petits. Our goal is to make the news available on the daily accessible to those both inside and outside of Latvia. We understand that countries that use the internet as a medium for delivery of information often times do not have an up to date grasp on global news in third world and developing countries, and part of the reason for this is due to the medium of delivery of the news in those countries. There is a gap that needs to be filled: publishing news that occurs in one country through a medium so that it becomes more than just local or national, but rather multi-national news.
Our editor in chief, Pavel Kirillov, has been in the newspaper industry for more than 18 years, starting his career at the young age of 17 working for the New York Times, covering breaking news in developing countries. After realizing that the lack of coverage for smaller countries was a large problem, he went out to found Chas in 1997, originally publishing in Russian, but quickly moving to English to reach a wider audience.