Adoption of the anti-TVN law by the Sejm was commented on by the former Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, in TVN24’s “One in One”. – It is a very difficult and important day for the Polish democratic system, if we can still talk about democracy at all – he assessed.
On Wednesday The Sejm adopted an amendment to the Broadcasting Act, known as the anti-TVN act. The bill was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. In the opinion of commentators, the PiS project targets the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law.
The former Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, assessed that “this is a very difficult and important day for the Polish democratic system, if we can still talk about democracy”.
– It is definitely a day that will go down in history as another Black Wednesday in the history of media freedom, because remember that we already had one Black Wednesday – said Bodnar.
– It was then when all the media showed black screens in protest against the media tax. However, I think that our problem is that we already had a lot of these black Wednesdays, Mondays, Fridays – he added.
According to Bodnar, “the adoption of the law is a step towards further restriction of media freedom in Poland against very important constitutional guarantees.” – We have indicated in three places in the constitution that the Republic of Poland should support freedom of speech and freedom of the media in various ways – he stressed.
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