Polish Journalists Navigate Tensions Amid Media Reform and Political Battle

In Poland, a struggle over control of the airwaves has intensified following a political shift. The new government, led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, has promised to restore democracy and rule of law, targeting the alleged propaganda on public media. This has led to sweeping changes at Polish public television TVP, with a refreshed news team and mission. However, the move has sparked fierce backlash from the opposition, resulting in protests and an unsettling presence of police security for journalists. Eastern Europe correspondent Sarah Rainsford provides an inside look at the tensions within TVP and the broader political power battle in the country.

  • Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government in Poland has promised major reforms to restore democracy and rule of law.
  • The reforms include transforming the state-run television, TVP, to end years of what is described as propaganda.
  • New management and a new mission for TVP have been met with strong resistance from the opposition, including protests and the sacking of the TV management.
  • Journalists at TVP now work under the protection of armed guards due to the political tensions.
  • The opposition has criticized the government’s methods of taking control of the media as undemocratic.
  • Insults and hate speech against journalists have increased, particularly on social media, as they attempt to navigate the politically charged environment.
  • The news team at TVP is focusing on independent reporting to help bridge the societal divide.

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