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Blinken laments Polish president’s authorization of Holocaust restitution law

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday expressed his dismay over the recent authorization of legislation in Poland that will severely restrict claims on properties seized by the state after World War II.

A statement on the top US diplomat’s behalf said the Biden administration “reiterate[d] [its] concerns” and “deeply regret[s]” the law signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda on Saturday.

“We urge the Polish government to consult with representatives of affected parties and to develop a clear, efficient, and effective legal procedure to resolve confiscated property claims and provide some measure of justice for victims,” Blinken said. “In the absence of such a procedure, this legislation will harm all Polish citizens whose property was unjustly taken, including that of Polish Jews who were victims of the Holocaust.”

Blinken also urged the amending of recently advanced legislation that would force Discovery Inc., the US owner of Poland’s largest private television network, to sell its Polish holdings and is widely viewed as an attack on media independence in Poland.

The draft legislation would prevent non-European owners from having controlling stakes in Polish media companies. In practice, it only affects TVN, which includes TVN24, an all-news station that is critical of the nationalist right-wing government and has exposed wrongdoing by Polish........

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