Liquidation of Polish state television and radio

Liquidation of Polish state television and radio

Liquidation of Polish state television and radio

The newly formed coalition government in Poland, which is affiliated with the European Union, has announced that it will be liquidating the country’s public television, radio, and news agency.

In accordance with its commitment to reestablish neutrality in state media, this action has been taken.

Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, the Minister of Culture, took the state-run 24-hour news channel, TVP Info, off the air and sacked the boards of directors of the public media last week.

Opposition members of parliament from the Law and Justice (PiS) party claimed that the firings were unlawful and responded by participating in sit-in demonstrations. In addition, President Andrzej Duda, who is a PiS ally, stated that the firings had resulted in “anarchy” and urged the new government to act in accordance with the established legal order.

Mr. Sienkiewicz made a brief remark in which he stated that putting the companies into liquidation would enable them to continue operating at the same time that the restructuring was taking place. He said that the enterprises might be put out of liquidation at any time by their owner, the culture ministry, which would also prevent the firing of employees. He noted that this would also prevent layoffs.

As a result of President Duda’s decision to veto a government measure on Wednesday, which would have provided funding for public media in the amount of 3 billion zloty (€695 million; £603 million) for the following year, the minister stated that he had made the choice. It was Mr. Duda’s assertion that the new government’s decision to install new management was in violation of the constitution of the country that he used to justify his veto.

As early as Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced that his administration intended to use the funds for the treatment of cancer as well as for the provision of psychological assistance to youngsters.

A lawyer named Roman Giertych, who has previously represented Mr. Tusk and is now a member of parliament for his party, stated that the decision made by the culture minister “puts an end to the legal issue” and enables the government to appoint liquidators who are able to carry out restructuring.

Marcin Mastalerek, who is in charge of President Duda’s office, stated that the announcement of the liquidation was a “admission of defeat” by the administration. This decision was made after the government was unable to discover a legal mechanism to replace the public media management boards.

Dismissals were handled in a manner that was questioned by rights groups. Public media had become “a propaganda mouthpiece of the ruling camp” under the PiS-led government, which had created political and legal conditions that made it “very difficult” for Mr. Tusk’s government to carry out such reform. The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights stated that public media needed to undergo urgent reform because of this.

Nevertheless, it is impossible for us to ignore the fact that the manner in which the modifications were initiated in the public media raises significant concerns, as the group stated.