Last week Poles took to the streets to protest a controversial media bill adopted by the Parliament. The bill regulates the foreign ownership of h in Poland stipulating that media channels have to be owned by entities based in Poland or in the Eurozone.
One of the most important TV channels in Poland is TVN24 and it’s owned by the US media corporation Discovery INC. This channel happens to be very critical towards the ruling party, Law and Justice. This is the reason why the bill is seen as an attempt to silence dissenting voices in Poland.
The scandal landed on the front pages of the Guardian and other mainstream Western media. Things got so heated that even the spokesperson of the US State Department issued a formal declaration condemning the bill because it allegedly ‘undermines the freedom of expression’ and on the other, it ‘erodes foreign investors’ confidence in their property rights and the sanctity of contracts in Poland’.
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