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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 20:23 IST

Donlad Tusk's new govt. sacks bosses of state TV and radio broadcasters in latest reform drive

The Polish government has sacked the top management of the country's state media, standing on a campaign promise to bring reforms in this section of society.

 Donald Tusk
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk | Image:AP
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Warsaw: The new pro-European Union Polish government has sacked the top management of the country's state media along with some other state agencies, standing on a campaign promise to bring reforms in this section of the society. According to Euro News, the Tusk administration sacked higher management with the intention of freeing the country's media from the shackles of the erstwhile populist regime. On Wednesday, the new Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that his government fired directors of the state television and radio outlets and the government-run news agency adding that he is seeking to reestablish independent media in Poland. 

In the past, the Law and Justice Party which was in power before the Tusk administration arrived, used media as a propaganda tool to attack Tusk and other opposition leaders for spreading “eurocentric views”. “We will need exactly 24 hours to turn the PiS (Law and Justice party) TV back into public TV. Take my word for it,” Tusk said during a campaign rally in October this year. Keeping up to this promise, the Polish parliament adopted a resolution of “impartiality and reliability of the public media”. 

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PiS lawmakers stage protests 

Shortly after the resolution was passed, PiS lawmakers staged a massive protest outside the headquarters of the state broadcaster TVP. “There is no democracy without media pluralism or strong anti-government media, and in Poland, these are the public media,” the PiS leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, told reporters at the entrance of the building of the news outlet.  After the mass layoffs, TVP's 24-hour broadcast was suspended with only the television logo of the company being visible on screen, The Guardian reported. “This is clearly an attack on the free media; it is a violation of the law,” said the former PiS culture minister Piotr Gliński after the resolution was passed. 

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The outrage that broke out after the resolution was passed, indicates the challenges Tusk will face when it comes to the implementation of policies it has promised. It is important to note that PiS still has a very large opposition in the Polish parliament. Not only this the party's ally Andrzej Duda will remain the president of the country until 2025.  

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 20:22 IST

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