Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked at a press conference on Wednesday about allowing journalists to work in the state of emergency. He said that the government was considering establishing “a center very close to the border, where journalists would have much faster access to information, to people who live in the border area”. The head of the National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, said in the morning that “he is personally a supporter of finding some formula for the media.”
Due to the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, a state of emergency has been in force since 2 September in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships adjacent to the border with Belarus. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.
Morawiecki to allow journalists to work in the zone of emergency
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked during Wednesday press conference with Charles Michel, President of the European Council o the possibility of admitting journalists to the border zone.
The head of government said that “in a hybrid war, the fight is primarily in the field of information”. – The stake of Lukashenka’s actions is not only the attack on the Polish border, but also the impact on public opinion in the West – he added.
– I have no concerns about the presence of the media in general, although they are also susceptible to Belarusian and Russian fake news – said Morawiecki. He added that “the main problem is that the presence of the media is intensifying the provocative activities.” – Today the situation is so tense that it could pose a direct threat to journalists or outsiders who would just like to be on this front line – he assessed.
– On the other hand, we are considering, together with the minister of the interior and the minister of national defense, the creation of an appropriate place, a center very close to the border, where journalists would have much faster access to information, to people who live in the border zone – the prime minister said.
BBN chief: I am a supporter of finding some formula for the media
On Wednesday morning, the head of the National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, asked on Polish Radio 24 about the possibility of directly allowing journalists to report on the development of the situation on the border with Belarus, said that talks were conducted with the participation of President Andrzej Duda. – Personally, I am in favor of finding a formula for the media – he added.
He noted that the apparent “certain conciliation character of yesterday’s political debate (in the Sejm-ed.), Which he believes, is an additional argument that we can find and search for some formula for the presence of the media – in such a way and under the condition that the media will behave in a manner responsible”. “And I believe it is possible,” he said.
The head of the National Security Bureau admitted in this context that “indeed, what we are dealing with now largely takes place in the sphere of propaganda and media”.
– It is a fight for awareness, both here, in our country, within society, among Poles. There is obviously a struggle for the awareness of our NATO allies, or partners from the European Union, he emphasized. – The media also has a very important role to play, perhaps even a key role in some situations – added the head of the National Security Bureau.
Main photo source: PAP / Artur Reszko