US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has said that President Joe Biden has appreciated the Polish president’s veto of a media law amendment, according to a press release of a National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has vetoed a new media law that would curb the operation of US-owned television station TVN.
There are no plans to close down the TVN broadcaster, the leader of Poland's ruling party said on Monday when asked about a new media law said to be aimed against the US-owned station.
Just over 50 percent of Poles believe the Polish president should veto an amendment to a new media law that critics say targets the leading television group TVN, according to a new survey.
Donald Tusk, the leader of Poland’s main opposition party, has told thousands of people in central Warsaw rallying against a new media law that they can “sweep away” the current “power”, if they work in solidarity.
The United States is concerned about the adoption of a media law that may hit the biggest US investor in Poland, Discovery group, owner of Poland's leading television group TVN, a deputy spokesperson for the Department of State has said.
The Polish president vowed to thoroughly assess an amendment to a media law that critics say targets TVN24, a US-owned television news channel that has been highly critical of the government.
The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has voted down the Senate's (upper house) rejection of an amendment to a planned radio and TV broadcasting law.
The European Parliament, in a vote on Thursday, adopted a resolution titled "Media freedom and further deterioration of the rule of law in Poland."
Poland's president has said in an interview with the Polska Times newspaper that he will consider his constitutional obligations when deciding whether to sign a media reform bill.