Poland

Poland has become increasingly a authoritarian state within the European Union while that is against the principles of the Union. GLOSM's monitoring is in the context of the country's violations against these principles.

Poland must change its legal definition of rape to protect women and stop restricting media, European institutions said on Thursday, in the latest challenges to the ruling nationalists over rights and democracy.

  • Polish Senate rejected draft media bill on Sept. 9
  • Government says bill aimed at ensuring fair news coverage
  • Opponents say it is part of efforts to muzzle media

Poland’s Senate is beginning a two-day session on Thursday during which it is scheduled to vote —and expected to reject — a media bill seen as targeting a U.S.-owned television network’s ability to keep broadcasting independent news.

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are "LGBT-free" in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed on Monday.

Poland's prime minister on Thursday rejected criticism of bills on media ownership and property restitution passed by parliament, after the United States, one of Warsaw's most important allies, denounced the legislation.

The European Commission on Thursday criticized a Polish bill limiting foreign ownership of media companies that has been passed by the country's lower house of parliament, saying it sent a negative signal.

Poland will do away with a disciplinary system for judges which the EU's top court has ruled violates EU law, the head of the ruling PiS party said, in a bid to diffuse a row that could result in financial penalties against the country.

The European Union intensified a legal fight with Poland and Hungary on Thursday over respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law, which critics say are increasingly strained in the EU’s two leading eastern nations.

Polish news station TVN24 is in breach of foreign ownership rules for media firms, the head of the broadcasting regulator told Reuters, adding the watchdog was split over whether to renew the licence for the unit of U.S.-based Discovery Inc.

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