Before the adoption of the anti-TVN law, many lawyers believed that the vote was not consistent with the rules of the Sejm. – Two fundamental elements of democracy have been completely rejected – constitutionalist prof. Wojciech Sadurski from the University of Sydney. – We are not dealing with a democracy or a rule of law – believes in turn prof. Jerzy Zajadło from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk.
On Wednesday The Sejm adopted the anti-TVN law. It was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. According to many lawyers, before the adoption of the law, there was a reassumption of voting that was inconsistent with the rules of the Sejm.
The act called lex TVN amends the rules of granting broadcasting licenses to media with capital from outside the European Economic Area. In the unanimous opinion of commentators, the new regulations, the draft of which were submitted to the Sejm by PiS MPs, are aimed at the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law.
Wojciech Sadurski: we are on the way to authoritarianism
Constitutionalist prof. Wojciech Sadurski from the University of Sydney stated in “Faktach po Faktach” on TVN24 that Poland is “in two thirds” of the way from a democratic state to authoritarianism. – Among the elements of democracy there are also elements of electoral democracy and certain freedoms and civil rights, which are imperfectly and selectively respected – he said.
– On the other hand, two other fundamental elements of democracy have been completely rejected, that is, the division of powers, which does not exist in Poland – all power is in one hand, a person who seems to me to be a sociopath. The rule of law also no longer exists, because the rule of law is a joke – assessed prof. Wojciech Sadurski.
– We are on the road to authoritarianism and at the moment it all depends on how much the choices, which I have the darkest assumptions about, will be supervised – he emphasized. – If the rule of law returns to Poland, the marshal will go to prison and not only she – he added.
Jerzy Zajadło: We are not dealing with a democracy or a rule of law state
– Already three years ago I wrote a column in “Gazeta Wyborcza”, calling this system created by PiS “an undemocratic state of lawlessness”. This raised some doubts then, but this view is repeated – said prof. Jerzy Zajadło from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk.
He drew attention to the book of the Hungarian constitutionalist on “management by lies”. – He writes it from the position of Hungary, but this is a situation that fits perfectly with the situation we are dealing with in Poland or the illiberal systems in general, which will go in this direction – he assessed. – I have no doubts that we are dealing neither with democracy, except for election elements, nor with the rule of law, he added.
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