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EU ready to fight Polish media law amid row over values
A senior EU official has threatened legal action against Poland's new conservative government over its controversial media law.
The EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy, Guenther Oettinger, said: "There are solid grounds for us to activate the rule of law mechanism and put Warsaw under monitoring."
Polish MPs have approved a law giving the government direct control over top appointments in public broadcasting.
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It undermines free speech, critics say…
Under the EU's rule of law mechanism, adopted last year, the Commission can escalate pressure on a member state to amend any measure that is considered a "systemic threat" to fundamental EU values.
In the last resort, a state's voting rights in the EU Council… can be suspended. The Commission is the EU's top regulator, enforcing EU treaties.
Media watchdogs in Europe have voiced alarm about the media shake-up. It will put TVP and Polish Radio - which have a huge audience - under the control of a new national media council close to the ruling PiS…
Comparisons have been made with Hungary, whose conservative Fidesz government also clashed with the EU Commission over human rights…
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