Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
10th January, 2016
The Minister of Justice of Poland has responded to the displeasure of EU officials about the adoption of the Warsaw amendments to the law on mass media. Zbigniew Ziobro accused Brussels of using methods “of the Second world war”.
This was stated in the letter from the head of the Ministry of Justice of Poland addressed to the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Information Society, Günther Oettinger, RIA Novosti reported referring to “Radio Poland”.
According to journalists, in the letter to Oettinger, Ziobro refers to the words of the European Commissioner about the need for “supervision” in Poland after the changes of the law on mass media. This formulation, said the Minister of Justice, “is the worst way to associate Poles”.
“For me, too. I am the grandson of a Polish officer who, during second world war fought in [Poland’s] underground Home Army against “German supervision”, — quotes RIA Novosti from the words of Ziobro.
He stressed that in Europe there are more important issues than the amendments to the law on mass media in Poland, however, Brussels deliberately suppressed them. For example, the official results of the so-called sex-terror in Cologne and other German cities on new year’s night. The Minister of Justice specified that the media reported about attacks on women only a few days later.
Earlier, the Polish President signed amendments to the law on mass media, which, according to local reporters, greatly enhance the control of the press in the country. Criticism was made not only by Polish journalists, but also by the European Broadcasting Union, the European Federation of Journalists organization “Reporters Without Borders”.