BBC: Poland’s ruling conservatives clash with EU over media control

(BBC) – For the first time since the fall of communism in 1989 the government in Poland could soon have almost complete control over the public media.

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That is a result of amendments to the country’s media law that were rushed through parliament in two days by the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and may soon be signed into law by President Andrzej Duda.

The new rules give the treasury minister the power to dismiss and appoint the management of the country’s public TV, radio and press agency.

The law faced opposition both at home and abroad with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), an alliance of public service broadcasters, writing to President Duda asking him not to sign the bill.

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