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Dear Madam Vice President,

We, women committed to the defense of the democratic order, would like to bring your attention to a very serious issue threatening freedom of speech in Poland.

By means of statutory changes, the current government of our country is seeking to void the broadcasting license of an unbiased, highly professional, and widely popular news channel (TVN 24) owned by the American company Discovery, Inc.

The recently introduced amendment to the Broadcasting Act raises our great concern because its implementation threatens to drastically limit the variety of public debate and the flow of independent information in Poland. Public television, which is entirely subordinated to the interests of the ruling party, will effectively remain the only source of information.

We are perfectly aware of the fact that the current government came to power as a result of the democratic process. It needs to be emphasized, however, the it has won the election with the help of a fully co-opted public broadcaster. Without independent media, the legitimacy of power acquired through successful elections is reduced, and democracy loses its participatory character.

Sincerely,

Barbara Labuda

Agnieszka Holland

Marta Lempart

Danuta Kuroń

Monika Płatek

Magdalena Środa

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