PiS politicians did not take part in yesterday’s Sejm votes, but went in droves to TVP headquarters to defend their propaganda mouthpiece. Jarosław Kaczyński was photographed with the president of the management board of TVP, Mateusz Morawiecki with state media employees, and Joanna Lichocka added a photo from the TV “director room”. “However, it is significant that he publishes a photo from the TV control room. This is what the PiS government media looked like – with a politician in the control room,” commented Robert Biedroń in an entry on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
The Sejm adopted it on Tuesday evening resolution on restoring legal order and impartiality and reliability of the public media and the Polish Press Agency.
As many as 109 Law and Justice MPs did not take part in the vote on the draft resolution on public media. PiS politicians were at the TVP headquarters instead of in the Sejm to defend their propaganda. The party’s president, among others, spent the night at the government media headquarters Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Kaczyński with the president of the management board of TVP
The president of PiS, Jarosław Kaczyński, together with over a hundred other MPs, did not take part in the parliamentary votes, but went to the TVP headquarters on Woronicza Street. In a statement for TVP Info, Jarosław Kaczyński argued that “this is a defense of democracy, because there is no democracy without media pluralism and strong anti-government media.”
In the photo you can see him sitting next to Mateusz Matyszkowicz – president of the management board of TVP.
Morawiecki with TVP employees
Former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki he went in turn to the TVP headquarters at Powstańców Warszawy Square. There, he was photographed with the directors of the station’s information department, Michał Adamczyk, Samuel Pereira and Marcin Tulicki. “We defend journalists and pluralism in the media,” wrote PiS MP Marcin Horała in an entry on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
Lichocka in the “director” of TVP. Biedroń: this is what the PiS government media looked like
PiS MP and member of the National Media Council Joanna Lichocka in turn, she published a photo from the TV “control room”, i.e. the place where decisions are made about what appears on the air. “Plac Powstańców. TVP” – she wrote.
“PiS politicians in the TVP directorial. Symbolic” – wrote Krzysztof Brejza. Politician of the Civic Coalition won the lawsuit against TVP. Brejza argued that government television slandered him during the 2019 election campaign using text messages stolen from his phone by the Pegasus system and then manipulated. By publishing fabricated news, the government media tried to discredit the politician.
“However, it is significant that Joanna Lichocka publishes a photo from the TV control room. This is what the PiS government media looked like – with a politician in the control room. In PiS they can start singing – This is the end…” wrote the deputy chairman of the Left, an MEP Robert Biedroń.
Deputy Minister of Culture: it will all happen in accordance with the law, step by step
Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, MP of the Left and deputy minister of culture was asked about the resolution adopted yesterday by the Sejm on “restoring legal order and the impartiality and reliability of the public media and the Polish Press Agency.”
As she assured, the Ministry of Culture and members of the government are “prepared on how” to make changes in public media. – It will definitely not be a situation where we will break the law, as we did before Law and Justice. We do not want to introduce PiS-bis methods, everything will be in accordance with the law, she said.
– This will all happen according to the law, step by step. In the resolution we are talking about a very important thing, an act that introduced an unconstitutional body, the National Media Council. The entire demolition in the public media began with the bill we voted on in 2016, which I was against. All decisions that have been made since 2016 are unconstitutional and illegal, she emphasized.
Main photo source: Paweł Supernak/PAP, Joanna Lichocka, Marcin Horała/X