Even within Poland’s right-wing coalition, a planned amendment to the media law, which parliament will vote on on Wednesday, and against which protests were held across the country on Tuesday, is causing huge tensions. The tension was so high that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (Pace) removed his deputy, Jaroslav Göven, the founding head of the Accord Party, from the government yesterday. Gwen said in front of him that the law had been amended
It clearly violates the principle of freedom of the press.
On the surface, the amendment seeks to prevent non-European companies from owning a Polish media company. Indeed, about banning the country’s largest – and independent of government – newscast by force, which is in the interest of American Discovery.
After his dismissal, Gwen stated that the move
“It means the actual solution to the ruling coalition,”
He said the party he founded would vote on Wednesday on whether to stay in the coalition. If its members choose not to do so, it will mean losing the parliamentary majority in the United Right led by the PiS.
Government spokesman Peter Mueller responded that he said the law could pass anyway because PiS was confident there would be enough United Right and other lawmakers to vote for it nonetheless.
Journalist historian Ann Applebaum wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that PiS is offering cash and fat jobs in exchange for voting.