TS News - Independant Political Programming On Polish TV

TELE-satellit News, 16 August 1996

Independant Political Programming On Polish TV
  WARSAW, Poland, 96/07/15 (OMRI) -- According to a decree issued on 9
August by Ryszard Miazek, president of Polish TV (TVP), political programs
produced by independent studios will no longer be aired on TVP, Polish
dailies reported 13-14 August.

  While Miazek explained that the decree is intended to prevent
"professional [TVP] journalists from being pushed off the air" by
independent studios, the Polish media is full of charges that the decree is
a form of censorship directed at independent and frequently critical
political programs.

  There have been frequent rumors that the decree was the result of
political pressure applied to Miazek by his colleagues in the Polish
Peasants' Party, one of the members of Poland's coalition government and a
target of frequent criticism by the independent media.

  By: Ben Slay
  Source: This material was reprinted with permission of the Open Media Research
          Institute, a nonprofit organization with research offices in Prague,
          Czech Republic. For more information on OMRI publications, please 
          write to:  info@omri.cz

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