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Protest in Szczecin against the amendment of the media law.  A large number of demonstrators in Adamowicz . Square [ZDJĘCIA]

Protest in Szczecin against the amendment of the media law. A large number of demonstrators in Adamowicz . Square [ZDJĘCIA]

About 1,000 people protested in Szczecin in the evening against the amendment to the media law. Its opponents claim that it will lead to the liquidation of the programs of the TVN group. Proponents answer that it is a matter of securing the interests of the state against, for example, a hostile takeover of the media.

On Friday, the House returned to the media bill, which the Senate rejected in September. Coalition deputies rejected the Senate’s objection, meaning the bill was passed and sent to the president’s office. An amendment to the National Broadcasting Council Act states that capital from outside the European Economic Area will not be able to hold a majority stake in Polish media, even through its subsidiaries from the European Economic Area.

These majority shares are held by, among other things, the owner of the TVN Group. It is a Polish television holding company registered in the Netherlands, which in turn is a subsidiary of American Discovery. This ownership structure complies with the regulations, but will not exist under the new law.

It is not known if the president will sign the amendment. He has 21 days to do this. Discovery will have to sell the majority stake.

There were protests against the new law in some cities. On Sundays in Szczecin in PL. About 1,000 people protested Adamowicz.

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