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Guest Opinion: Will free, independent media die in Poland?

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20.09.2021

Freedom of speech, assembly, and press are core tenants of democracy, but as the saying goes, democracy dies in the dark. On Aug. 11, in the late evening and in the middle of the summer holiday, Poland’s ruling government led by the Law and Justice Party (called the “PiS Party”), blew out one more candle that lights freedom’s path. In Poland’s lower house of parliament (the “Sejm”) the PiS Party passed a law to reduce the ability of free and independent media to operate if its ownership is 49% or more from a non-European source. The bill is called “lex TVN,” and it negatively affects America’s interests.

We take for granted that television news is pumped into our homes from multiple stations. Democracy is loud and messy, and the free and independent press holds our leaders, and ourselves, accountable. This is a necessary part of a healthy democratic society. It was not too long ago that Poland, my home country, was under Soviet communist rule, and our freedoms to speak out and report the truth made us political targets. And, today, according to Freedom House, “Freedom of........

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