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.
The democratic majority in Poland's Senate (upper house) will not accept the government’s planned tax on business advertising revenue, the house speaker said on Thursday.
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.