Polish Parliament on Wednesday Adopted a proposal to amend the media law, making it nearly impossible for the largest independent television, US-backed TVN24.
The United States, one of Poland’s most important allies, responded very quickly and said it condemned the amendment. It has also been argued that if the new law does not renew the license to operate TVN24 (the parent company is owned by US Discovery), there is a risk that the Polish government will lose future US investments.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was “deeply disturbed” by the passage of the law, which affects one of America’s biggest interests in the country.
Significant US investment links our economic recovery to Poland. Blinken said in a statement that this bill threatens media freedom and could undermine Poland’s strong investment climate.
According to Discovery, the law is “an attack on the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of expression, independence of the media, and discrimination directed against TVN and Discovery.”
Planned amendment to the mass media law in Poland ProtestAnd caused a government crisis, Prime Minister Morawiecki He dismissed his deputy from the government, Jaroslav Joint. About the government crisis It can be read in Mark Herzig’s article in more detail. (Reuters)
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