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EU, Polish law poses 'severe risks to media freedom'

Legislation "puts further pressure" on the media

20 December, 16:36
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, DEC 20 - A draft Polish law adopted by MPs threatens press freedom, the European Commission said on Monday, piling criticism onto what is seen as a bid by Warsaw to silence an independent TV channel. The legislation, passed by the Polish parliament's lower house on Friday, "puts further pressure" on the media and "poses severe risks to media freedom and pluralism in Poland," a commission spokesman, Christian Wigand, told journalists. The government says the law, which bars countries from outside the EU and its associated neighbouring states holding a controlling stake in Polish media companies, will protect Poland's media landscape from potentially hostile actors such as Russia. But critics believe it is aimed at TVN24, a big independent outlet majority owned by the US group Discovery. (ANSA-AFP).

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