German Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will urge the European Union to start a process against Poland over its proposed law on control of state-run media, he told a newspaper on Sunday.
The Polish parliament passed an amendment to the media law, put forward by the ruling conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS), in December that gives a minister authority to appoint managers of state-run radio and television stations.
It must now be signed by the president to come into force. Critics say the law is part of PiS plans to increase state control over the media.
Oettinger said he would raise the issue at the next meeting of the European Commission on Jan. 13.
"There is a lot to be said for activating the mechanism on the rule of law and putting Warsaw under supervision," Oettinger, Commissioner for the digital economy, told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).
The mechanism was adopted by the EU in 2014 and means it can issue an early warning and enter dialogue with any member state the Commission sees as a threat to the rule of law.
If the country does not respond, the Commission can start a process which could ultimately lead to the withdrawal of its voting rights due to a breach of European values.
Without citing sources, the FAS said Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had put the issue on the agenda of the meeting and wanted to use that instrument.
The Commission has written to Polish ministers expressing concern over the media law and seeking an explanation of how it would take EU rules on media freedoms into consideration.
It has also caused concern within the EU with its amendment to a law on the constitutional court which critics say will erode checks and balances on government powers.
Most European countries do. The difference is how they operate. In western countries they are state owned but they internally manage themselves, Poland's government has taken them over and will directly run them. Which will make them de-facto propaganda networks.
Yup, and they are shamelessly publishing government propaganda. I can't remember ever hearing a critical word about our government from them.
The government also created a new law a while ago which forces everyone to pay TV license fees no matter if they actually own a TV.
Most people argue that this is unconstitutional and tried to bring this to the supreme court, but most judges are cronically overworked and will decide on whatever gives them the least amount of work.
Our legal system is turning into a complete joke, I can't wait to get out of this shithole.
If you're asking me, they should leave the EU ASAP.
The whole concept was bound to fail sooner or later. You can't expect to have a parallel government with the ability to overrule a nations without any conflict.
>Democracy is not democracy if we don't approve of it !!
>we will act antidemocratic and against our principles and strip a country of its deserved and well given RIGHTS (Poland gave up many things to become an EU MEMBER ffs )
>But here,let us change your laws,constitution and economy ,we know better
t. antifascist,anti-totalitarian EU
also,literally every country has a state funded media where ministers can appoint managers,eg Romania,but nobody gave a fuck when they did it
But nooo,Poland is somehow nazi
the EU will not strip Poland of voting rights because of a fucking tellie law
This entire ruse is to show that the cuckolded fagmachine bureaucrats in Brussels + Merkelreich&Corporation Lobbies a big "Fuck you" to the new conservative-nationalist ruling party in Poland
Also,there is a lot of german money in Polish media,it may count
The state finances that media.
Does it matter if they are managed directly or indirectly by the state?
When it is the same shit?
The state can at any time cut the money flow .
The BBC is the only state funded media that rakes in a profit.
And they are so politically biased on every issue it hurts.
A paki can see they have a given narrative and agenda.
The sad thing is that they are already propaganda networks. The previous government was just much more subtle. It was less covered in the media too. Helps that most of the press correspondents of western news services in Poland come from the establishment that has just lost its position.
The EU should rather do something about the polish government trying to fuck with the seperation of powers and shitting on its own constitution.
Control of the media is a problem, but its not the primary issue with Poland currently.
Did you just join 4chan yesterday, this was all over the site a few months ago. inb4 >daily mail, this was just top result in google, you can find the rest.
The BBC is a truely shocking news outlet now.
It shares very subtle similarities to Fox.
>Blatant political views aired
>Pathetic journalism and coverage of events.
>Excessive use of pretty pictures and graphics to keep the watcher entertained.
Absolutely rite. Here's an example of Dutch state television claiming Putin ignores questions posed about the ukraine crisis. The NOS is the Dutch broadcasting service. Then we see RT with the full Putin interview. The Dutch lie to their people for propaganda purposes, but because they are "good guys", that makes it okay.
But the problem is that the BBC is not paid by tax payers to entertain when it comes to news. I pay my tv license like many right wing members of Britain and grumble when I feel that I am paying for left wing propaganda.
But this said the only part of the news which is as close to objective is the BBC World Service and only because there is no point in push domestic bias to a global audience which cannot vote based on said bias.
From what I gather Fox is not classed as a news provider anymore, however I could be wrong in that.
Both of the BBC's most recent political editors have been pretty obvious tories. BBC's bias isn't left or right wing, its towards the establishment, because it knows that the government of the day could cut its funding in an instant.
>I wouldn't call the life they had in Poland before that "surviving".
>Potatoes and crying.
The EU wouldn't accept Poland if it wasn't prospering. During the 15 years between the fall of communism (1989) and joining the EU (2004), Poland was a thriving libertarian paradise with sex shops opposite the churches. Suddenly, the only poor people were those who wanted to be poor.
Our new gov want to remove people of previous gov from the media.
Replace one propaganda with another.
Difference is that previous gov did everything what UE told them (mostly Germany), and current one want some antonomy from Brussels.
So public media stay biased as they are, only direction will change, everything will be the same, but now without Germany involved in it.
this is just an excuse to put pressure on current government, which isn't on board with everything that EU wants. of course this is a attempt to consolidate power, but at this time, is it a bad thing? in some time the tables will turn and no one from current ruling party will loose all influrence in media (i.e. when current opposition wins next election)
>previous government was just much more subtle
You have got to be kidding me (or someone from the previous government). For the last eight years or so all of the media were full of
>muh government so gut
>hurr EU very gut
>ja ja deutschland uber alles
because along with the government they were doing everything possible to lick as much of EUs ass as possible. Now however, the current government is not that much EU-oriented and suddenly everything they do is either a democracy infringement or a full blown coup d'etat. And only a handful of people seem to understand that current government is doing pretty much exactly the same as the previous one - ruling a country their way with just one difference. The current government is trying to be less of a EUs buttlicker and more of a sovereign country.