The Sejm is to deal with the lex anti-TVN project on Wednesday. The media expert, dr hab. Tadeusz Kowalski from the University of Warsaw. As he stated, the fact that “the project was on the agenda does not mean that it will be processed”. He also said that “there is no legal reason why TVN24 should stop broadcasting”.
At the Wednesday meeting The Sejm is to deal with a draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act known as lex anti-TVN. According to the findings of PAP, the decision in this matter was made during the Tuesday meeting of the Presidium of the PiS Political Committee. The Deputy Speaker of the Sejm from the Civic Coalition, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, announced that the chamber was to deal with the project at 11.30. Commentators agree that the changes are aimed at TVN’s independence.
August 4 Republican and Democratic US senators issued a joint lex anti-TVN statement on the matter. “The decision to implement such a law may have negative consequences for defense, business and trade relations. We urge the Polish government to consider before taking any decisions that could adversely affect our long-term relationship,” the senators wrote. The position on the changes to the media law in Poland was also issued by representatives of the House of Representatives.
Media expert on whether the lex anti-TVN project will be processed in the Sejm
In the morning, the media expert, dr hab. Tadeusz Kowalski, professor at the University of Warsaw. He admitted that he doubts that the law will enter into force. – The fact that this item was on the agenda does not mean that it will be processed. More than once it was so that a few minutes before the start of a given point, it was withdrawn when it was noticed that there were not enough votes – he said.
As he added, “we will see how it will be.” – This is a great mystery, especially after yesterday’s events – said Tadeusz Kowalski, referring to the Prime Minister’s request deprivation of office in the government of Jarosław Gowin.
Kowalski: It is very doubtful that such a process would take place
Tadeusz Kowalski said that “there is no legal reason why TVN24 should stop broadcasting”. “I hope that the choice will be kept for the viewers who showed yesterday that you are needed,” he added.
As he pointed out, “yesterday w The Senate held a discussion on lex TVN“And, among other things, my excellent colleague from the university recalled the circumstances related to the first amendment to the American constitution, and this traditional commitment to freedom and independence of the media,” he said.
– I also do not think that a large company will bow to this kind of pressure and allow it to sell it to some businessmen who are connected with the rulers and will not create any guarantees for the independence of the media – assessed Kowalski. As he emphasized, “it is very doubtful that such a process would take place”. – I think that you will broadcast, it will be a shame for the Polish state if you have to broadcast on the basis of a license obtained in another country. You have the full right to do so based on the Convention on Transfrontier Television – he added.
TVN24 is still waiting for the National Broadcasting Council to extend its license, which expires on September 26. The application for its extension was submitted 18 months ago. KRRiT claims that the problem lies in the “ownership situation” of the TVN group. Meanwhile, a group of Law and Justice MPs submitted a draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act to the Sejm on 7 July. “The will of the legislator is that companies based in Poland cannot be controlled by entities outside the European Economic Area” – it was written in the justification.
TVN is owned by Discovery, through its subsidiary Polish Television Holding BV in the Netherlands, and thus belonging to the EEA.
Commentators agree that the changes are aimed at TVN’s independence.
Tvn24.pl report: DRAFT ANTI-TVN ACT AND A CONCESSION FOR TVN24 AND TVN
The station’s management wrote in a statement that in 2015 the National Broadcasting Council accepted the entry of American capital into TVN. Since 2016 – under the same ownership conditions – KRRiT has already issued licenses for TVN24 BiS, TTV and TVN International West. Two votes in the National Broadcasting Council took place on July 22nd regarding the license for TVN24. However, no decisions were made.