No media pluralism under previous gov't, minister says

A government minister has said that before Law and Justice took office in 2015 there was little or no media pluralism or freedom in Poland.

Addressing accusations that new laws placing restrictions on the ownership of media companies could limit media freedom in Poland, Culture Minister Piotr Glinski said such charges were "hardly acceptable," and observed that real obstacles to media pluralism and freedom were visible under the previous government.

"Accusations that we are blocking the media are hardly acceptable," Glinski told reporters in the central town of Radzymin.

"The media were blocked until 2015, there was no true media freedom in Poland, some content could not be aired. Democracy was a facade, because all institutions in Poland were controlled by one political option. It's different after 2015. There is pluralism."