Confederation MPs will abstain from voting on the amendment to the media law, known as the lex anti-TVN, said MP Jakub Kulesza at a press conference in the Sejm. Paweł Kukiz, the leader of Kukiz’15 announced that he would support the draft amendment. Stanisław Tyszka, MP from Kukiz’15, informed in turn that he would vote against lex anti-TVN. The voting block in the Sejm is scheduled for 17.
On Wednesday, MPs are discussing the draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act called the lex anti-TVN. 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.
Confederation will abstain
Kulesza announced that the Confederation’s deputies would vote “uniformly twice”. So – as he explained – they will “uniformly abstain (from voting), both during the third reading in the Sejm and during the possible return of the bill from the Senate”.
He stressed that if the bill was vetoed by the Senate, its rejection by the Sejm would require an absolute majority of votes “against”. “So, votes abstaining will be treated as votes against the bill,” he added. Pursuant to the constitution, the Sejm adopts a bill by a simple majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of deputies (unless the constitution provides for a different majority). On the other hand, the rejection of the Senate’s veto by the Sejm requires an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the statutory number of deputies.
According to Kulesza, two sides of the dispute over the amendment “want to treat the Confederation as a sack of potatoes that can be thrown one way or the other, saying that ‘if not with us, then against us'”. – And we are not an object, but a subjective group that has its own vision, its own position – he emphasized.
Confederation MP Robert Winnicki assessed that “PiS and Jarosław Kaczyński do not have any credibility when it comes to organizing the media market after five years of such government television operation”. – That is why today we are not standing in the ranks of those who would like to expand PiS’s rule, but we are not also among those who would like to defend TVN as the banner of freedom, because it simply is not, was not, and we are afraid that will not be – he added.
Kukiz “for” lex anti-TVN
Paweł Kukiz wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that although he is aware that the lex anti-TVN law is “in favor of PiS”, he intends to support the project. “Since 2015, there has been and there is a media repolonization plan in the K’15 program. It is unacceptable for us that a country outside the European Economic Area may have a majority stake in the media of an EU country” – stated Kukiz in the entry.
“I am aware of the fact that such an act is in the hands of PiS today, because it weakens the propaganda capacity of the opposition, but I also know that the second such opportunity (for repolonization, i.e. preventing foreign capital from controlling the media) may never happen again, so I use it , thus implementing one of the program points of K’15 “- added the leader of Kukiz’15.
Meanwhile, MP Stanisław Tyszka from Kukiz’15 announced that he would vote against.
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