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Lex anti-TVN in the Sejm. PiS senator Jan Maria Jackowski about the lack of consultation and discussion. Comment

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On Wednesday, the Sejm deals with the draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act, known as the lex anti-TVN. PiS senator Jan Maria Jackowski assessed on TVN24 that there is no “rational basis for such a large express connected with the procedure of this bill”. – Suddenness, conflict, even somewhat provocative, lack of wider consultations, lack of discussions among experts and stakeholders, all this indicates that we are dealing with nervous activity and from this point of view it is very bad for the procedure – assessed the senator.

On Wednesday, MPs fromdeal with the draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act called 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.

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Jackowski: The emotions are very strong

– You can see a great determination – PiS senator Jan Maria Jackowski said on TVN24 on Wednesday, commenting on parliamentary work on the anti-TVN lex. He pointed out that the vote on this issue was overlapped by a government crisis, including the departure of Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin and the “theoretical loss of the majority in the Parliament” by the United Right.

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– These emotions are very big today. It is clear that here every detail that would normally escape the attention of the public is now becoming an important event, the senator noted.

Jackowski: the subject of the media requires peace

Speaking about the genesis of the lex anti-TVN bill, Jackowski said that “perhaps someone has come to the conclusion that Discovery is merging with WarnerMedia, which is known to be the producer of the global CNN channel.” – Perhaps someone was scared that we would have a Polish-language version of this channel in Poland and considered it a huge threat. This is my assumption because there are no such rational grounds for such a large express connected with the procedure of this act. Suddenness, this conflicting nature, even provocative to some extent, the lack of broader consultations, the lack of discussions among experts and interested parties all indicate that we are dealing with nervous activity and from this point of view it is very bad for the procedure – assessed the senator.

As he pointed out, “the topic of the media, the topic of freedom, the topic of foreign capital participation in the media, these are extremely sensitive topics and for this reason they require some peace and an attempt to search for some elements that would connect, not divide”.

Jackowski: I am not sure that the president will sign such a bill in the dark

– We are in a situation where we do not know in what shape and whether this law will leave the Sejm today or not – he said. He reminded that if the MPs vote the bill, it will be submitted to the plenary session of the Senate in September. – The legislative process is ongoing. Even after the Senate treatment (the bill) will be returned to the Sejm, only then, after being examined by the Sejm, will it go to the president. I, too, would not be so convinced that the president will surely sign such a law without any problems – said Jackowski.

Main photo source: PAP / Wojciech Olkuśnik



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