Nigel Farage has slammed Poland’s pro-EU government after it seized control of state media in the country. Poland’s new government yesterday began wrestling control of the country’s state media and some other state agencies from the Conservative Party which had consolidated its grip on them during its previous eight years in power.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Cabinet, which took office last week, said it had fired and replaced the directors of state television and radio outlets as well as Poland’s government-run news agency.
It said it is seeking to reestablish independent media in Poland in a legally binding and lasting way.
Mr Farage tweeted a video showing Polish police entering studios as part of the crackdown, commenting: “Here we go again. Poland must not put up with this.”
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Party leader Jarosław Kaczyński, top party figures and many of its lawmakers occupied buildings housing the offices and studios of TVP in the hopes their supporters would come out to demonstrate in big numbers.
A rally was called on Wednesday (December 20) and a few hundred people gathered, flying Poland’s national flag.
Law and Justice Senator Marek Pek said: “The (party) instructions are that all Law and Justice parliament members come here (to the TVP building).
“We must show through our presence that we are deeply against these lawless and brutal actions.”
The statement quoted Mr Kaczyński, Poland’s most powerful politician until recently, insisting the protest is a “defence of democracy because there is no democracy without media pluralism or a strong anti-government media”.
It added: “In any democracy, there must be strong anti-government media.”
Polish lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a resolution presented by Mr Tusk’s government calling for the restoration of “legal order, objectivity and fairness” of TVP, Polish Radio and the PAP news agency.
After the resolution, Poland’s new culture minister, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, replaced the heads and the supervisory boards of state media, which chose new management.
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