The National Broadcasting Council extended the license for TVN24 four days before its expiry. The decision of the council was commented on by Paweł Kowal, MP from the Civic Coalition in “Rozmowa Piasecki”. “I’m glad it ends with a concession, it’s just joy through tears,” he said.
The National Broadcasting Council has extended the license for TVN24. The station has been waiting for this for over a year and a half. Teresa Brykczyńska, spokeswoman of the council, remarked that before the vote, the council unanimously adopted a resolution “on taking measures to organize the principles of broadcasting radio and television programs in Poland in the scope of the possibilities of operations of entities from outside the European Economic Area”. Its content is similar to the provisions of lex TVN.
License for TVN24 extended. Blacksmith: joy through tears
Thursday’s guest “Piasecki’s Conversations” Paweł Kowal, a member of the Civic Coalition, was on TVN24. – I am glad that it ends with a concession, but it is joy through tears – he commented.
He added that “there is a question about the social consequences of what happened.” – This is a signal for many journalists, publishers in Poland, who are not as strong as TVN24, do not have such popularity, but do their daily job. How do they perceive such pressure from the authorities? They already have self-censorship in their heads – he said.
– What the authorities do with local media, regional media, what they tried to do with TVN24, all affect the freedom of speech in Poland, even if it ends with the granting of a license. This raises such doubts in the minds of publishers, media heads and journalists: “maybe I will not talk about something, maybe I will comment something differently” – said Kowal.
When asked if the National Broadcasting Council was commissioned by the ruling politicians, he replied: – The essence of the problem is that institutions such as the National Broadcasting Council and most state institutions have plugs plugged into Nowogrodzka Street (at the PiS seat – ed.). Our country looks like this today in almost every area.
“Wiping tears for those who, on the side of the ruling camp, got involved in this row”
Commenting on the resolution of the National Broadcasting Council, similar to lex TVN, Kowal stated that it was “such cotton wool and wiping tears for those who, on the side of the government camp, got involved in this row”. – I would devote more attention to the general effects of this row and the attempt to throw myself into the free media – he noted.
This – he emphasized – “lowers the position of Poland each time”. – People around the world have learned that the authorities in Poland are not able to issue a concession in accordance with the law for a year and a half, that it treats entrepreneurs this way, it treats business this way, and this is how it treats Western investments. It all came together. Please do not have any illusions, yesterday’s concession does not close this case – he added.
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