Poland's Senate rejected an amendment to the radio and television broadcasting law on Thursday, sending it back to the Sejm (lower house).
The US has expressed concern about the new Polish media law under which only entities headquartered in European Economic Area (EEA) countries can be granted a broadcasting licence, provided they are not dependent on entities from outside the EEA.
The leader of Agreement, a junior member of Poland’s governing coalition, has warned that a controversial proposal to change the country’s media law threatens foreign investment.
The Polish prime minister has said that under current laws Polish media can be taken over by entities from Russia or China, and that "we don't want such a state of affairs."
The management board of TVN, a private television station in Poland, reacted on Thursday to a draft amendment to a media law that was presented by ruling party MPs by saying it was "trying to silence us."
We see fantastic results of the activities of the Norwegian Funds; it's our contribution to stability in Europe, Norwegian Ambassador to Poland Olav Myklebust said on Friday, expressing hope that Polish-Norwegian cooperation would be long-lasting and strong.