EU vs. Poland on new Media Law

The EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy, Guenther Oettinger, said: “There are solid grounds for us to activate the rule of law mechanism and put Warsaw under monitoring.” (BBC)

His remarks come after Poland’s conservative government on Wednesday took control of state media after new legislation was passed giving it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs. (Euronews)

Four senior managers at Poland’s public broadcaster TVP have announced their resignations. Poland’s adoption of new media legislation would likely have resulted in their dismissals. (Deutsche Welle)

“The public media are ignoring their mission towards the nation,” Elżbieta Kruk, a PiS MP, said in parliament. “Instead of creating a media shield for the Polish national interest, journalists often sympathize with negative opinions about Poland.” (Politico Europe)

“It is vital that public service broadcasters are guarded against any attempts of political or commercial influence. I fear the hastily introduced changes will endanger the basic conditions of independence, objectivity and impartiality of public service broadcasters,” OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said. (Russia Today)