The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, speaking about the criteria for admitting journalists to the border zone after the end of the state of emergency, said that “they will be made public.” He added that “the reach of a given medium will probably be crucial”. He was also asked in what areas and at what time the provisions of the amendment to the act on the protection of the state border, adopted by the Sejm, may apply.
On Wednesday evening, the Seym passed an amendment to the act on the protection of the state border. The regulations provide for the possibility of introducing a temporary ban on staying in a specific area of the border zone. The area and duration of the ban will be specified in the regulation of the minister of the interior and administration.
Permission for journalists to be there will be issued by the commander of the Border Guard post. Now the amendment will be discussed by the Senate.
Currently, when the state of emergency is still in force, journalists do not have access to the zone covered by it. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.
Admission of journalists. “Probably the reach of a given medium will be crucial”
Mariusz Kamiński, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, was asked by journalists in the Sejm about the assumptions of this act. One of the questions concerned the criteria for admitting journalists to the border zone.
– Once the law is adopted by the parliament, we will develop and publish these criteria. We do not want any claim of bias. Probably the reach of a given medium will be crucial for the possibility of using these new legal instruments – he replied.
– According to the law, in accordance with the constitution, due to the dynamic and partially dramatic situation that is taking place, we must act quickly and decisively, this is required by the development of the situation – he added.
Kamiński: We will use these tools in moderation
Speaking about the possibilities provided for in the new act, Kamiński assured that the government would use “these tools sparingly”. – That the discomfort for citizens, especially those living there, would be as little as possible. We will, of course, compensate the economic entities operating in this zone for any losses resulting from a situation beyond the control of the government, and this is what is happening.
– All entities that have suffered losses due to the situation at the border are already receiving compensation and there were no delays. Everything is happening as planned, everyone will get fair compensation – assured the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
Kamiński: As for the areas covered by the regulations, we want to maintain the status quo
Another question was whether the new rules would apply to areas that are now in the state of emergency.
– We want to maintain the current status quo for some time, as long as the situation at the border is as it is. So this zone that is functioning now will be sustained. For the safety of everyone, for the safety of soldiers, for the safety of bystanders who could appear there irresponsibly – argued the minister. – This will be my intention, but the development of the situation is dynamic, if the situation stabilizes, we will change the rules – he stressed.
At the same time, he stipulated that “this law, in accordance with the constitution, gives the legislator the possibility to introduce certain restrictions for the sake of the security of the state and its citizens”. – We will use the powers that the high chamber will give us in a very rational and very calm manner – added Kamiński.
For how long are the new restrictions? Kamiński: it all depends on the situation
Mariusz Kamiński was also asked how long the new restrictions will be introduced. He replied that “it all depends on the situation at the border.” – I wish there was no such need tomorrow, but the situation is as it is. It can change from hour to hour and from day to day – he said.
– Let us hope that this crisis will end in a realistic, foreseeable perspective, but we cannot give any dates at this point – the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration added.
The state of emergency at the border with Belarus
From September 2 – due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus – in 183 localities in the voivodeship In the Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On September 30, the Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for 60 days, and a day later the president’s decree in this matter was published.
The constitution does not provide for the possibility of renewing the state of emergency.
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