Monday, 4 January 2016

A few months ago, I wrote about how the politico-media establishment in Poland was launching propaganda campaigns to win greater support for "refugees" and immigrants among the Polish population. So Poles were faced with a BBC-like media environment, where an unaccountable elite tells the dumb plebs what they should think and brainwashes them until they think it. But when the conservative Law and Justice party won the election, it set out to dismantle this media conspiracy. Now the European Establishment is upset.
For the first time since the fall of communism in 1989 the government in Poland could soon have almost complete control over the public media. 
That is a result of amendments to the country's media law that were rushed through parliament in two days by the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and may soon be signed into law by President Andrzej Duda. 
The new rules give the treasury minister the power to dismiss and appoint the management of the country's public TV, radio and press agency. 
The law faced opposition both at home and abroad with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), an alliance of public service broadcasters, writing to President Duda asking him not to sign the bill. 
The governing party plans to go further with its media reform to transform public TV and radio into "national institutions of culture". 
It argues that would act as a counterbalance for some privately owned media, including broadcaster TVN and Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, which it says promote liberal values and are biased against the government. 
"The previous government carried out a leftist programme there (in the public media). It was as if the world was according to a Marxist model which has to automatically develop in one direction only - a new mixture of cultures and races, a world made up of cyclists and vegetarians who only use renewable energy and fight all forms of religion," Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told German newspaper Bild on Sunday.

In the same interview he said his party supported what interests "the majority of Poles: traditions, consciousness of their history, love of country, faith in God, and a normal family life between a man and a woman. It's a shock for our opponents, those who believe in progress: that 25 years of leftist, liberal indoctrination has not made these values disappear."



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