Polish government takes control of public media with new law

The measure is the latest controversial legislation introduced by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski (L), pictured with Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) on November 13, 2015Poland’s conservative government took control of state media Wednesday after new legislation giving it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters was rushed through parliament, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs. Under the new law, senior figures in public radio and television will in future be appointed — and sacked — by the treasury minister, and no longer through contests by the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). The new legislation will also see the current managers and supervisory board members of Poland’s public broadcasters fired with immediate effect.

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