Freedom of press in Poland is under threat
Warsaw, 9th November 2020
fossil fuel giant -
PKN Orlen -
announced on Monday, December 7th that it has acquired from German owners,
Polska Press - a large media group encompassing 20 of 24 Polish regional daily
newspapers, almost 120 local weekly newspapers and 500 different websites.
announced by the President of Orlen - Daniel Obajtek.
The Polish government seems to be following the steps of the Hungarian government by taking over media outlets in big numbers to shrink and suffocate free media.
by the Polish government is a direct threat to press freedom in Poland. This
threatens not only democracy, but also climate action. Orlen is one of the
biggest climate polluters in Poland. What good can possibly come from a fossil
fuel giant with a huge carbon footprint seizing control of a big media
corporation? We should all be concerned about this as a free press plays a
crucial role in holding politicians and corporations to account”, said Marek Józefiak, Media and Policy officer at Greenpeace Poland.
The move has also some further potential negative consequences as 500 websites with around 17 million people outreach, give the government big potential for using Big Data and tracking of citizens.
Illustration by Michal Dyakowski