On Thursday, RMN published three documents on the situation in public media. The “Position of the National Media Council on the illegal actions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage towards public media companies” highlights that “the National Media Council has exclusive powers to appoint and dismiss members of the organs of public radio and television broadcasting units and the Polish Press Agency. The position referred to the provisions of the Broadcasting Law and the PAP Law: “The competences regarding personnel training were expressly reserved in these legal acts to the National Media Council (articles 27 and 28 of the Law on Broadcasting). broadcasting and Articles 8 and 9 of the Broadcasting Act). the Polish Press Agency), that is to say with the exception of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The RMN also mentioned the decision of the Constitutional Court which, on December 14, obliged the Public Treasury to refrain from any change in the boards of directors of public radio and television companies or to liquidate them. “Those who participate in the illegal attack on public media that is taking place before our eyes must take into account that they will face serious consequences under the provisions of the Penal Code,” the National Media Council said.
RMN members also thanked all journalists and editors of public media who “continue to carry out their work despite the unprecedented attacks against Polish television, Polish radio and the Polish news agency perpetrated by the ruling power “.
In addition to RMN’s position, the Polish News Agency also received a statement addressed by the Council to the National Prosecutor. It was recalled that, according to the President of the Republic of Poland, “the provisions of the applicable law have been omitted, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the Constitution.” It was added that President Andrzej Duda described the events in state media as “anarchy”. “The National Media Council calls on the National Prosecutor to undertake urgent legal actions aimed at protecting the rule of law and social interest in public media, as well as preventing further violations of the law by the government of Donald Tusk and his candidates directed to the Public Radio and Television Units and the Polish Prasowa Agency” – says the RMN speech.
The aforementioned opinion of President Andrzej Duda was also mentioned in the statement of the National Media Council. “Taking into account the above, the National Media Council would like to remind that the legally appointed chairmen of public media companies remain Mateusz Matyszkowicz of Telewizja Polska SA, Agnieszka Kamińska of Polskie Radio SA and Wojciech Surmacz of the Polish Press Agency “Public media companies also have supervisory boards whose composition is determined by resolutions of the National Media Council,” the press release underlines.
On Tuesday evening, the Sejm adopted a resolution on the restoration of legal order as well as the impartiality and reliability of public media and the Polish Press Agency. The Ministry of Culture announced in a statement on Wednesday that the head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, had canceled the event on December 19 this year. current chairmen of the boards of directors of Polish Television, Polish Radio and the Polish Press Agency as well as the supervisory boards. The minister appointed new corporate supervisory boards, which appointed new corporate boards of directors. The National Media Council and the current managements of media companies consider Sienkiewicz’s actions illegal. (PAP)
Author: Michał Szukala