Polish legislature lifts Senate veto on controversial media law | National politics
FILE – Warsaw headquarters of Polish television broadcaster TVN, owned by US company Discovery Inc., in Warsaw, Poland, July 8th, 2021. Poland’s President will make the final decision on a controversial media law aimed at targeting a US American television broadcaster is often critical of the Polish government after the legislature lifted a Senate veto on the bill. It would prevent a non-European company from holding more than 49% of the shares in Polish broadcasters. The practical effect would be to force Discovery Inc., the US owner of Poland’s largest private television broadcaster TVN, to sell its Polish holdings.
Czarek Sokolowski – Associate, AP
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA – Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s president will make the final decision on a controversial media law seen as the target of a US television broadcaster that is often critical of the Polish government after lawmakers vetoed the Polish government on Friday Repealed the draft law.
At its last session of the year, the House of Commons (Sejm) unexpectedly reverted to the bill, which appeared frozen after being rejected by the House of Lords in September. The House of Commons voted 229 to 212 votes with 11 abstentions against the Senate’s veto.
Now the bill already approved by the Sejm only needs the support of President Andrzej Duda to become law. But Duda has indicated that he considers it “controversial” and “incomprehensible” for the United States, referring to the US stance on property protection and freedom of expression.
He can either approve it, reject it, or send it to the constitutional court for judgment, which is friendly to the right-wing government.
The law would prevent a non-European company from holding more than 49% of the shares in television or radio stations in Poland.
In practice, Discovery Inc., the US owner of Poland’s largest private television broadcaster TVN, would be forced to sell the majority or even all of its Polish holdings. Discovery Inc. is the only non-European media owner in Poland and the law is deemed to be directed towards this.