Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki referred to the adoption of the anti-TVN act by the Sejm. As he said, the provisions of the media law “were previously so imprecise that someone from some Arab country or from a country with drug dealing could buy the media calmly, without the interference of the Polish regulator”.
On Wednesday, the Sejm adopted an amendment to the Broadcasting Act, known as the lex TVN act. The bill was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. 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.
Morawiecki: the military alliance is one thing, the common legislation is another
Morawiecki was asked on Thursday in Starynia (Pomorskie Voivodeship) about an amendment to this law proposed by the PSL, which would also allow companies from NATO countries to invest in Polish media. However, the amendment was rejected.
– Please see all countries that are NATO members. I think that if everyone thinks about these countries, they will come to the conclusion that something else is a military alliance, something else is a military alliance, and something else is common legislation and a common economic area, said the Prime Minister.
Morawiecki emphasized at the same time that Poland is a member of the European Union and the so-called European Economic Area. – We use the same legal regulations, we operate in a similar, practically uniform legal and economic order concerning the free movement of capital, the freedom to locate enterprises, the freedom to acquire some shares – he enumerated. – And therefore we have our regulations adjusted – he added.
He cited the example of Denmark, which – as he said – adopted an act a few weeks ago, as a result of which it is up to the Danish regulator to decide whether an entity from Poland will be able to buy an entity in Denmark. – And this is what Denmark, which is a member of the European Union, does, stressed the prime minister.
Morawiecki: an Arab country could buy media in Poland
– It is enough to look at the reality around us and it is easy to notice that we have come to the conclusion that the regulations, which had already existed before, were only imprecise enough that someone from some Arab country or from some country running a drug business could come to Poland and buy media calmly, without the interference of the Polish regulator – said the Prime Minister.
“It would not be normal, it is not a normal, serious state,” he assessed.
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