Washington Post: Black pages of Polish media – Media

Dozens of Polish media publish black pages on Wednesday, and TV channels tend to protest against the new tax, which they believe has threatened the independent press in the country and is a blow to democratic institutions, writes the Washington Post.

On Wednesday, the independent Polish media publish the text of an open letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and leaders of political groups, in which broadcasters and publishers express their protest against the tax on advertising, which they refer to as “tribute”, the aim of which is to limit media freedom. The content of the letter is also published by “Rzeczpospolita”. The main page of rp.pl has been replaced by information about the media’s protests by midnight.

The Washington Post writes that several dozen media organizations in Poland published a letter to the Polish authorities in which the new tax was described as a “scandalous” burden on the independent press.

The daily cites sentences that appeared on the main page of “Gazeta Wyborcza” (“This is where our content should be”) and on Polsat’s screen (“Here should be your favorite program”).

The Washington Post writes that the tax is expected to be up to 15 percent. advertising revenues, and the money – according to the government’s declaration – is to be spent on health protection and other key sectors affected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic.

“But it appears when the PiS government is accused of depriving the independence of the state’s institutions” – noted the daily.

The Washington Post then recalls the dispute between Poland and the EU over the reform of the judiciary, which – according to Brussels – threatened the independence of the judiciary. He also notes that in the index of press freedom prepared by the organization Reporters Without Borders, Poland has fallen from 18th to 62nd place since 2015.

The article in the American newspaper ends with the words of an open letter published by the Polish media to the prime minister and political party leaders, in which the new tax is called “protection money”.

Source: https://www.rp.pl by www.rp.pl.

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