Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova has suggested that an effort is being made to limit freedom of the media in Poland.
Poland’s conservative government has attempted to silence anti-government media by taxing their advertising revenue, according to 40 percent of Poles surveyed by private pollster IBRiS, the Rzeczpospolita daily said on Thursday.
Poland's Junior government coalition party Agreement has called on the Finance Ministry to scrap a controversial media tax project or revise it.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the government’s planned tax on media advertising revenue will not limit the freedom of expression nor affect media pluralism.
Polish opposition leaders have said they will hold joint consultations on how to stop a controversial tax on media advertising revenue that some have claimed threatens free speech.
EC spokesperson Christian Wigand on Wednesday expressed the Commission's fears over media pluralism in Poland in connection with the government's plans to tax advertising revenue.
Sections of the privately owned media in Poland imposed a news blackout on Wednesday morning in protest over a proposed new tax on advertising revenue.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has defended a planned tax on media advertising revenue by saying it is intended to level the playing field for domestic companies against multinational corporations.
The head of Poland's National Media Council has asked the prime minister take urgent action to ensure the safety of journalists covering street protests as well protecting their editorial offices and equipment.
The Polish anti-trust regulator has banned the takeover of the radio group Eurozet by the media group Agora, the owner of Gazeta Wyborcza, one of Poland’s leading newspapers.