Future American funding could possibly be in jeopardy if Poland refuses to resume the license of a U.S.-owned broadcaster, Washington warned Warsaw.
Poland’s ruling coalition, led by the Legislation and Justice (PiS) social gathering, has proposed a media invoice that will see licenses granted solely to broadcasters that aren’t majority-owned by entities from exterior the European Financial Space. Critics warn the regulation is an try and void the license of TVN24, a tv station owned by Discovery of the U.S. that’s usually vital of the federal government and which is in search of to resume its broadcast allow earlier than it expires in September.
Chatting with TVN24 on Thursday, U.S. State Division Counselor Derek Chollet mentioned: “It is a very important American funding right here in Poland. And there might be knock-on results maybe, if the [TVN24] license isn’t renewed, to future U.S. investments.”
Poland plunged within the 2021 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by the NGO Reporters With out Borders, falling to sixty fourth place out of 180 nations, down from 18th place in 2015.