Polish government to restrict journalists’ access to parliament

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today strongly condemned the latest attack on media freedom by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) to restrict media access parliament. Several thousand people have protested on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Warsaw over the government’s plans to impose restrictions on media coverage of parliament. The rules proposed by the head office of the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, will ban all recording of parliamentary sessions. Only five selected Polish TV stations will be allowed to record or broadcast parliamentary sessions. The new rules will also limit the number of journalists allowed…

CoE Secretary General expresses his concern regarding the Polish media law

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written yesterday to Polish President Andrzej Duda expressing his concern regarding the legislative draft on public service broadcasting and its possible impact on the integrity and independence of public TV and radio in Poland. The letter mentions the alert submitted to the Coe Platform for the Protection of Journalism by the European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ, IFJ) and other “prominent European journalist and freedom of expression associations” (AEJ, Article 19, CPJ, Index on Censorship, RSF). Thorbjørn Jagland invites the Polish authorities to submit the draft law for assessment by…

Polish media reform to exert more control on public service broadcaster

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today expressed growing concerns over recent announcements by the newly elected government to introduce a new law on public media in the coming months with the aim to exert more control on public service broadcasting media and to “repolonise” print media. Following the newly elected conservative government (“Right and Justice” (PiS) in Poland in October, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has given Culture Minister, Mr Piotr Glinski, the responsibility on media policy. In a recent interview given by Mr Glinski, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, he announced that a new media law…

Poland: Journalist Lukasz Masiak beaten to death

According to the Association of Polish Journalists (Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Polskich, SDP), an affiliate of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Polish journalist Lukasz Masiak (31) working for the popular local newsportal NaszaMlawa.pl has been beaten to death in the night of 13 to 14 June 2015 in the city center of Mlawa, a town located in north-central Poland. “Lukasz Masiak was an esteemed and courageous journalist working for a local newsportal. We are very sadened to learn his death and deeply concerned that decisive response of law enforcement authorities comes only after the murder of the journalist,” said the SDP representative. “We send our…

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  POLISH JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION – SDP Address ul. Foksal 3/5 00-366 Warszawa Poland Staff President: Krzysztof Skowroński Vice President: Jolanta Hajdasz Vice President: Witold Gadowski Treasurer: Aleksandra Rybińska General Secretary: J. Jadwiga Chmielowska  Contact person Dorota Zielińska: (polishinfo(at)sdp(dot)pl) +48 22 827 8720 Email sdp@sdp.pl Website sdp.pl   JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND – SDRP Address ul. Foksal 3/5 00-366 Warszawa Poland Staff President: Jerzy Domanski Vice President: Slawomir Pietrzyk General Secretary: Andrzej Maslankiewicz External Affairs Secretary: Tomasz Milkowski Honorary Treasurer: Jerzy Byra Phone +48 22 827 87 15 E-mail info(at)DziennikarzeRP.org(dot)pl Contact Person  zg.sdrp(at)poczta(dot)internetdsl(dot)pl Website http://dziennikarzerp.org.pl/kontakt/     SOCIETY OF JOURNALISTS…