Senator Krzysztof Kwiatkowski in “One on One” commented on, inter alia, the draft amendment to the media law, called lex TVN. – I have no doubts that lex TVN will never come into force – he said.
– There are certain things that in normal, democratic countries, bind all citizens. Such a thing is freedom of expression, freedom to use information, he said. – I have no doubts that lex TVN, the law which, as MP Marek Suski said, is intended solely to allow us to gain some influence on the TV channel of TVN, will never enter into force because it violates these basic values, which are close to us all – he pointed out.
He added that he was sure there would be no majorities for the enactment of Lex TVN. – One of the elements that contributes to this is this very good, common-sense approach to many issues, which can be seen, for example, among the members of the Covenant Jarosław Gowin – said Kwiatkowski.
Anti-TVN project and license for TVN24
On July 7, a group of Law and Justice deputies submitted to the Sejm a draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act. “The will of the legislator is that companies based in Poland cannot be controlled by entities outside the European Economic Area” – it was written in the justification. Commentators agree that the changes are aimed at TVN’s independence.
Sejm’s Culture and Media Committee during the session on July 27 adopted with amendments draft amendment to the media law.
TVN24 is still waiting for the National Broadcasting Council to extend its license, which expires on September 26. An application for its extension was submitted in February 2020. KRRiT claims that the problem lies in the “ownership situation” of the TVN group.
The station’s management wrote in a statement that in 2015 the National Broadcasting Council accepted the entry of American capital into TVN. Since 2016 – under the same ownership conditions – KRRiT has already issued licenses for TVN24 BiS, TTV and TVN International West. Two votes in the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) have been held in recent days regarding the license for TVN24. However, no decisions were made.
TVN is owned by Discovery through its subsidiary Polish Television Holding BV in the Netherlands, and thus belonging to the European Economic Area.
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