The resolution of the National Broadcasting Council in the context of the license granted to TVN24 is one of the topics of “Kropki nad i” on TVN24. – The National Broadcasting Council de facto appeals to politicians to change the law – pointed out KO MP Cezary Tomczyk. The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Piotr Wawrzyk (PiS), who discussed with him, explained that the media law, known as lex TVN, was aimed at “not to circumvent the law”.
The National Broadcasting Council extended the license for TVN24 on Wednesday. The station has been waiting for it since February 2020. The spokeswoman of the Council, Teresa Brykczyńska, informed that the Council had unanimously adopted it before the vote a resolution, which shows that entities ultimately controlled by persons from outside the European Economic Area are not entitled to concessions.
The guests of Thursday’s “Kropka nad i” were Cezary Tomczyk, member of the Civic Coalition, and Piotr Wawrzyk (PiS), deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who were asked about this resolution.
Tomczyk: The National Broadcasting Council de facto appeals to politicians to change the law
According to Cezary Tomczyk, the resolution of the National Broadcasting Council is “scandalous”. – The Constitution of the Republic of Poland clearly states that the authorities must act only within and within the limits of the law. And here the National Broadcasting Council de facto appeals to politicians to change the law, to change the owner of the TVN station, which is an absolute scandal, because the National Broadcasting Council has been making a decision on this one issue for nineteen months – he reminded. He concluded that it was “an extraordinary incident on a pan-European scale”.
– We should realize what the goal is. The purpose of this resolution and the purpose of everything that is happening around TVN is in fact to put a muzzle on the free media in Poland, so that they cannot ask difficult questions to politicians – he said.
Wawrzyk: the regulations were aimed at preventing the law from being circumvented
Piotr Wawrzyk, although initially claiming that he had not read the resolution in question, joined the discussion. – The thing is that we have cases of bypassing the prohibition on holding majority capital by entities from outside the European Economic Area. These regulations, in the sense of lex TVN, were aimed at precisely that, so as not to circumvent the law. That was the only purpose of it, he said.
– And what was the approach to media freedom from this point of view, looking at it? – He asked. He turned to Tomczyk after a while, saying: – The deputy remembers perfectly well how you accounted for “Wprost”, how you acted towards the weekly, using Bolshevik methods against journalists.
Wawrzyk, when asked why the National Council granted TVN24 a license, since it allegedly evades the law, replied that it was a question for the National Broadcasting Council. – I am required to interpret the decisions of the National Broadcasting Council? You do not think that this is the interference of one organ in the activities of the other – asked the leader.
At this point, Tomczyk reminded Wawrzyk of the visit of the PiS MP and the applicant for the media bill Marek Suski, who visited the KRRiT headquarters in Augustwhen the reconciliation process was underway.