Polish President Vetoes Controversial Media Law

Polish President Andrzej Duda has vetoed a proposed media law that would force U.S. media giant Discovery to give up control of its Polish TV business to TVN.

Earlier this month thousands of people gathered in cities across Poland to demand Duda veto the controversial media law.

“I refuse to sign the amendment to the Broadcasting Act and am referring it to the Sejm for reconsideration. I shared the opinion of the majority of my fellow countrymen with whom I spoke that we do not need another disturbing or troubling issue, we do not need more disputes,” said Duda. 

The bill, known as Lex TVN was designed to prevent non-European ownership of Polish media companies and was authored by the Law and Justice party (PiS). 

According to Duda, the law was unpopular with citizens and would adversely impact Poland’s reputation for free speech and as a place to do business.

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