Poland’s Public Media Reshuffle Boosts Democracy and Rule of Law

The outgoing nationalists lost control of public TV,  paving the way for more pluralism and transparency in Poland

11 January 2024

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Rebuilding democracy started with Poland’s public media. With nationalist politicians on the streets in the freezing cold to “protest against autocratic practices” of their successors in government, rest assured that Polish democracy is getting better.

Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice (PiS), which lost power just weeks ago to a four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, is staging a rally on Thursday in Warsaw under a false pretence they are defending democracy, freedom and media pluralism.

Frustration  and fury over swift changes in state media

In reality, PiS and its leader Jaroslaw Kaczyński are venting their frustration not only at the loss of power in the 15 October elections but at the swift action taken by the new government to purge public media of PiS functionaries who had turned them into shameless propaganda machine spewing misinformation and vilifying political opponents, civil society organisation and Poland’s Western partners.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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