Polish government wants to buy out Polish press market
March 21, 2017
Ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) wants the Polish government to buy press titles from foreign media groups, possibly applying "accelerating" mechanisms, although voluntary sale by foreign owners would be a preferred option, Gazeta Wyborcza daily reports, citing suggestions made by deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin.
Poland's Ministry of Culture wants to prepare a draft bill determining shares foreign groups will be entitled to have in the Polish media by the summer break, deputy minister Jaroslaw Sellin said.
Sellin called "unhealthy" the current situation, where private media are "dominated by foreign capital," namely German capital, he said.
Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski told radio broadcaster RMF FM that certain media market segments in Poland are "too strongly controlled" by either one capital group or by foreign capital.
Meanwhile, presidential minister Andrzej Dera told public TV broadcaster TVP1 that the government should create legal framework that would allow for formation of Polish firms on the media market and for the Polish capital to buy out the media market.
PiS wants local media to be supportive for the party ahead of local elections in 2018, an unnamed manager from media group Polska Press told Gazeta Wyborcza.