I believe that the position of the Agreement will allow Kaczyński to withdraw from this proposal, withdraw this project and look for an idea for a jump on the media elsewhere – this is how former PO leader Grzegorz Schetyna spoke about the decision of the Agreement, which will not support the draft law on media tax.
The Covenant Management Board of Jarosław Gowin decided on Friday that it would not support the bill on media tax presented by Law and Justice.
“As a party with a clear conservative identity, and thus as a party for which freedom of speech is a fundamental value in a democratic society, we will oppose solutions that will hinder the functioning of the media,” wrote the board’s resolution.
Grzegorz Schetyna, former leader of the Civic Platform, is not surprised by the decision of the Gowin party.
– It was to be expected, but the signals from the government camp were still before the boycott, the protest action – said Schetyna, calling the 24-hour protest of the independent media “severe” and proving their solidarity.
Schetyna assessed that the action turned out to be so effective that “it caused such a clear reaction of the Agreement and Kaczyński’s withdrawal from this plan”.
– There will be more and more disapproval of decent people. Will this result in a new beginning? I don’t think it would happen immediately – said the politician.
When asked if he could imagine creating a parliamentary majority with Jarosław Gowin before the next parliamentary elections, Schetyna assessed this possibility as “a political fiction for today, for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow”.
Justifying the plan with “the long-term consequences of the appearance and spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus and its impact on health,” the government of PiS, Agreement and Solidarity of Poland plans to introduce a fee for online and conventional advertising. The funds from the new levy would go to the National Health Fund, the National Monuments Protection Fund and a new institution, the Fund for Supporting Culture and National Heritage in the Media Area.
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The Polish media opposed the plans to introduce the fee. “It is simply tribute, striking the Polish viewer, listener, reader and internet user, as well as Polish productions, culture, entertainment, sport and the media” – we read in an open letter to the authorities of the Republic of Poland and leaders of political groups, signed by 43 signatories, among which are, among others Gremi Media SA, Agora SA, Eurozet Group, RMF Group, Ringier Axel Springer Polska, Telewizja Polsat sp. Z oo and TVN SA
On Wednesday, the media participating in the protest did not broadcast programs and did not publish content on the Internet, and the main pages of newspapers and portals informed about the “Media without a choice” campaign.
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The Management Board of the Chamber of Press Publishers also protested against the plan to introduce a new tax.
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