Pending Polish media law draws criticism

Pending changes to the media law that has passed the lower house in Poland’s parliament on December 30 has been criticised by international and Polish watchdogs for potentially politicising the country’s public broadcasters.

The conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) proposed the amendments to the media law. PiS won enough votes to govern alone in October.

The lower house voted to adopt amendments to the media law by 232 in favor and 152 opposed with 34 abstentions. The proposal still needs to pass the upper house and be signed by the president.

Under the changes, public broadcasters would newly be classified as “national cultural institutes” and the government would be able to appoint or fire executives.

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