Parliament today unexpectedly passed a bill to restrict foreign ownership of Polish media. The law is seen as aimed in particular at Poland’s largest private broadcaster, US-owned TVN, and the US embassy said it was "extremely disappointed" by its passage notesfrompoland.com/2021/12/…
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Broadcaster TVN is now publishing its entire news website in black and white (which is done in Poland as a sign of mourning) in response to parliament passing a bill that would force its American owner Discovery to sell the station
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"This new law sends yet another negative signal about the respect of rule of law and democratic values," says the European Commission's vice president, who warns that they will "not hesitate to take action" against Poland if the bill is signed into law
Today’s vote of the media law targeting the TVN Group in the Polish Sejm puts further pressure on an already troubled media sector in Poland. Once this bill becomes a law, the Commission will not hesitate to take action in case of non-compliance with EU law. Full statement👇
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The US @StateDept is "deeply troubled by the passage in Poland of a law that would undermine freedom of expression, weaken media freedom, and erode foreign investors’ confidence". It calls on President Duda to "reaffirm the shared democratic norms that underpin our relationship"

Dec 18, 2021 · 10:41 AM UTC

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