Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Jason Rheinberg referred to the anti-TVN bill passed in the Sejm. “Media freedom is integral to global security and prosperity,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, the Sejm adopted the anti-TVN law. It was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. The act known as anti-TVN changes the rules of granting broadcasting licenses to media with capital from outside the European Economic Area. 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.
Rheinberg on Britain’s “concern”
The case was referred to, inter alia, by the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Jason Rheinberg.
“Britain is concerned about the bill on media reform, which was adopted yesterday evening,” he wrote. “Media freedom is integral to global security and prosperity,” he added. He also included the hashtag #defendmediafreedom, meaning “let’s defend the freedom of the media”.
TVN24 is still waiting for the National Broadcasting Council to extend its license, which expires on September 26. The application for its extension was filed 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. The law was passed on Wednesday.
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.
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