Poland Could Face US Sanctions over Broadcaster Spat

Poland risks putting in jeopardy future American investments by refusing to renew the license of TVN24, a television station owned by Discovery of the US, Washington warned Warsaw, Politico learns.

Only broadcasters that aren’t majority-owned by entities from outside the European Economic Area in will be granted licenses in Poland according to the media bill proposed by by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, Poland’s ruling coalition.

TVN24, that is often critical of the government, is seeking to renew its broadcast permit before it expires in September but the proposed law is seen an attempt to prevent that.

The US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet pointed in a statement on Thursday that TVN24 is a very significant American investment in Poland and if its license is not renewed, that can have negative impact on future US investments.

Poland had a serious fall in the Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index, plunging to from 18th place in 2015 to 64th place in 2021, out of 180 countries.

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