EP adopts resolution on media freedom and rule of law in Poland

The European Parliament, in a vote on Thursday, adopted a resolution titled "Media freedom and further deterioration of the rule of law in Poland."

The resolution includes, among other things, criticism of the draft of media law adopted by the Sejm (Poland’s lower house of parliament) in August, which is referred to in the EP document as "an attempt to silence critical content and a direct attack on media pluralism."

The motion calls on the European Commission "to ensure proper implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, in particular with reference to the independence of media regulators, transparency of media ownership and media literacy… to make effective use of infringement procedures in situations where Member States implement these provisions incorrectly or incompletely.”

The EP also expects Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to withdraw a petition he lodged with Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal asking it to decide which took primacy, EU law or the Polish constitution.

The resolution was supported by the factions of the European People's Party, the Social Democrats, Liberals, Greens and the Left. It was supported by 502 MEPs, 149 voted against and 36 abstained.