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Thursday, 7 January 2016

President signs media amendments into law

fot. Andrzej Hrechorowicz
  |   Małgorzata Sadurska – Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Małgorzata Sadurska – Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Małgorzata Sadurska – Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

President Andrzej Duda has signed into law some recently passed amendments to Poland's broadcasting law.

 

"The president is concerned about making sure that the public media in Poland are credible, reliable and objective", head of the President's Office Małgorzata Sadurska said at a briefing on Thursday.
 
"We often see the subjective, personal opinions of journalists replacing objective information that should be provided to TV viewers and radio listeners", she also remarked.
 
By signing the amendments, the president had given the parliament a chance "to develop such norms, such legal regulations that in future will guarantee that public media, national media, are reliable, objective and credible", Małgorzata Sadurska added.
 
Under the new law, the current public TV and radio companies will be transformed into state-owned legal entities, losing their previous status of state-owned corporate entities.
 
The mandates of members of their management boards, supervisory boards and programme councils will expire on the day of the transformation.
 
New management and supervisory boards will be appointed by the Treasury minister "until the introduction of a new organisation of national media", according to the new regulations.
 
The amended law, published in the Journal of Law on Thursday afternoon, will be in force until June 30, 2016. (PAP) 
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