US ‘deeply troubled’ by controversial Poland media bill

Antony Blinken says legislation ‘threatens media freedoms’, as ruling party’s long-term prospects take a hit

Washington has said it is “deeply troubled” by a controversial media bill in Poland that with its chaotic passage through parliament has raised questions over the ruling Law and Justice party’s (PiS) long-term prospects.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said the bill, widely seen as targeting Poland’s largest independent TV station, TVN, whose news channel TVN24 has often been critical of the populist government, “threatens media freedoms”.

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