24 Jun 2019
On 11 June 2019, in a statement before Parliament, Head of KRRiT Witold Kołodziejski acknowledged that public service media were bound to deliver objective and pluralistic programming. He also denied any responsibility for monitoring the level of objectivity and pluralism in Poland’s electronic media (both public and commercial), as KRRiT would find itself limiting freedom of speech and “each broadcaster has the right to shape its company’s programme as it sees fit”.
26 May 2019
On 20 May 2019, KRRiT published a study, commissioned to the John Paul II University at Kraków, monitoring the content of TVP’s daily news programme “The News” (Wiadomości). The study, which was conducted in 2017, concluded that Wiadomości “favoured the governing party”, “lacked pluralism and unbiased reporting”, and that it carried “propaganda items which praised the government’s successes”.
15 Mar 2019
On 11 February 2019, upon reports that TVP had not ensured fair and unbiased coverage in the run-up to local government elections the previous autumn, the State Election Commission (PKW) requested KRRiT to monitor the media coverage of upcoming European Parliament elections. On 11 March 2019, KRRiT refused the request, citing a lack of funds, personnel and time.
04 Jul 2017
On 7 July 2016, the new “Act on the National Media Council" entered into force, according to which two out of five members of the Council are designated by the opposition parties while the remaining three are appointed by the present authorities. That system of senior management appointments to the public broadcaster by the new National Media Council has been criticised by some journalists’ organisations as being done, in effect, under the political and economic control of the government authorities, in contravention of the Council of Europe’s standards of independence of public service media.
According to the Polish Towarzystwo Dziennikarskie (Society of Journalists), as of 4 July 2017, 228 journalists have lost their jobs - either by being dismissed or by resigning - as a result of management changes in the public radio and TV since the beginning of 2016.
07 Jan 2016
On 7 January 2016, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed the act on public service media governance into law.