The Foreign Press Association in London – the oldest association of journalists in the world – referred to the adoption of the anti-TVN law by the Sejm on Thursday. As stated in the statement, the amendment to the Broadcasting Act is “very disturbing and poses a real threat to freedom of speech in Poland.”
On Wednesday, the Sejm adopted an amendment to the Broadcasting Act known as the anti-TVN act. It was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. In the unanimous opinion of commentators, the new regulations, the draft of which were submitted to the Sejm by PiS MPs, are aimed at the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law.
Foreign Press Association statement on lex TVN
A statement on the anti-TVN law was issued on Thursday by the Foreign Press Association in London. They were handed over to the correspondent of “Fakt TVN”, Maciej Woroch, the president of the association, Kate McCure.
“The media law proposed by Poland is very disturbing and poses a real threat to freedom of speech in Poland. The freedom of the media, which is professed by modern, democratic nations, must be defended. a precedent for media freedom in a country that has already fallen in the World Press Freedom Index in recent years, “the statement said.
FPA was founded in 1888 in London and brings together correspondents and media representatives from around the world in the capital of the United Kingdom. As it is written on the official website of the association, they are the first and oldest such association in the world.
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