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The new Polish authorities of pro-European Prime Minister Donald Tusk has fired your complete management of the general public media. According to the Ministry of Culture in Warsaw, the CEOs and supervisory boards of the TVP tv station, Polish radio and the PAP information company should now go away their posts. New supervisory boards have already been appointed and they’ll elect new board members.

The ministry cited a parliamentary decision calling for the impartiality of public media to be restored. For years, these had been seen as mouthpieces for the earlier authorities of the right-wing conservative PiS occasion.

According to an OSCE commentary mission, they’re mentioned to have “clearly preferred” the PiS, significantly within the run-up to the parliamentary elections in October. However, they confirmed “open hostility” in direction of the opposition. The European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) additionally criticized the media for having “completely transformed itself into a propaganda arm of the ruling PiS”.

PiS politicians occupy state tv headquarters

Parliament’s decision, handed on Tuesday night, mentioned that the general public media had misplaced their authorized mandate to supply dependable and neutral info. Most PiS MPs boycotted the vote. They then occupied the state tv constructing on Wednesday night time so as, in keeping with their very own statements, to defend “pluralism of opinion”.

“There is no democracy without media pluralism or strong media critical of the government,” mentioned PiS chief Jarosław Kaczyński, who joined the protesting MPs together with former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The occasion chief introduced that the PiS politicians would proceed their protests alternately.

After their election victory in October, Tusk and his coalition companions took over the federal government final Wednesday. This marked the top of PiS’s eight-year reign. The opposition and non-governmental organizations have repeatedly accused her of more and more limiting media freedom. Significant monetary sources had been funneled into the state media. The PiS was additionally criticized for a judicial reform that restricted the independence of the courts and for its ultra-conservative social coverage.

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From the angle of many within the EU, the result of the elections in Poland is likely one of the most optimistic occasions in a 12 months marked by many crises: the PiS occasion, which has more and more undermined the rule of legislation, curtailed girls’s rights and excluded minorities throughout its eight years in workplace, was voted out. And with Donald Tusk, a brand new head of presidency has been in workplace since this week, who many hope will take a way more liberal course and who’s also called an outspoken supporter of Europe. But does Tusk and the three-party alliance that governs with him actually have the power and the required assist to beat the division within the nation and restore the rule of legislation in Poland?

In the brand new episode of “The Politics Part” we discuss in regards to the present scenario in Poland with Karl-Olaf Lang, Poland skilled on the Science and Politics Foundation. How nice is the euphoria among the many inhabitants in regards to the new authorities that has simply been sworn in? Why was the PiS occasion so common for years – and why was it nonetheless voted out? What position does the Catholic Church play in politics? What precisely is standing in the best way of Donald Tusk’s aim of remodeling his nation’s more and more intolerant democracy again right into a liberal democracy? And what position will Poland play within the EU sooner or later?

“The new Polish government is cause for hope and joy,” says Lang. “But Polish society is still fragmented. A large part of it does not support Tusk.”

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