After the adoption of the anti-TVN law by MPs, several hundred people gathered in front of the Sejm building in defense of free media. During the demonstration, there were scuffles between the gathered people and Dobromir Sośnierz, a member of the Confederation of Confederation.
The anti-TVN bill was passed by the deputies on Wednesday evening. The Act amends the rules for granting broadcasting licenses to media with capital from outside the European Economic Area. In the opinion of commentators, the PiS project targets the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law.
Protests before the Sejm after the anti-TVN law was adopted
In connection with the adoption of the bill by the Sejm, several hundred people spontaneously gathered in front of its seat at Wiejska Street in Warsaw. The demonstrators brought white and red flags with them. They chanted slogans about media freedom. MPs came to the gathered people, incl. the head of the KO club Borys Budka, the Deputy Speaker of the Senate Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka and the senator Krzysztof Kwiatkowski. – Thank you for being there and showing that free media and the right to unfettered information (…) is a value that we will defend – said Kwiatkowski.
At one point, the audience noticed Dobromir Sośnierz, a member of the Confederation of Confederation, leaving the Sejm. Some of them started shouting vulgar shouts at him. There were also scuffles. Sośnierz left the area of the Seym assisted by the police.
Sośnierz, like the majority of the Confederation circle, abstained from voting during the vote on the amendment to the media law. 228 deputies voted for the bill, 216 were against, and 10 abstained.
Main photo source: PAP / Piotr Nowak