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Repolonization of the media. Piotr Gliński: state-owned companies should buy media

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Wherever possible, state-owned companies should most likely buy media – said Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński on RMF FM radio, referring to the information on PKN Orlen’s talks with Verlagsgruppe Passau (VGP) about the purchase of its Polish branch, Polska Press.

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On Thursday, the British weekly “The Economist” reported that PKN Orlen in talks with the German publishing house Verlagsgruppe Passau (VGP) on the purchase of its Polish branch, Polska Press. Polska Press owns 20 out of 24 regional dailies published in Poland. The Economist explains that the possible purchase of VGP titles by PKN Orlen would be part of the government’s efforts to distract the media in Poland.

“This is not a normal situation”

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport Piotr Gliński said on Tuesday on RMF FM that “it is not a normal situation, that practically all the local press was in the hands of the first corporation, and the second German corporation in Poland.”

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– This situation is not in line with European standards, because the media market is particularly sensitive due to its impact on the functioning of democracy, so in Poland we need to change this situation – he emphasized

Gliński, when asked how the media market in Poland is going to change and whether PKN Orlen will buy media, said: “Where possible, state-owned companies should probably buy media, but I do not think it will be destructive for the market. media that it will be a monopoly of the other party. At the moment there is a huge advantage of the media, which are not in the hands of capital tied to the Polish government. “

On the other hand, in the internet part of the conversation in RMF FM, he specified that the changes in the media market would involve the introduction of various solutions: “perhaps by law, perhaps by various types of ownership changes, but legally and in a civilized manner” – he indicated.

– The Polish media market should be transformed in line with European values. It is written in European documents that the media market must be pluralized, there should be no concentration there, and in Poland it is – said Gliński.

Main photo source: Łukasz Gągulski / PAP



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