Poland: parliament passes controversial media law

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– ROME, AUGUST 12 – The Polish parliament has approved a new media bill that the opposition has strongly criticized as an attempt to silence voices critical of the government.

The measure provides that the media in Poland are controlled only by national owners in order to protect them, according to the Warsaw government, from “hostile” foreign powers such as Russia and China. For the critics, however, it is a move to push the American Discovery to sell the largest network in Poland, Tvn.

The law is intended to exacerbate relations with the United States and exacerbate EU concerns about media freedom in the country. Two days ago, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Warsaw and other cities to demonstrate against the measure. (HANDLE).