Rul­ing party backs off pro­posed me­dia curbs

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

WAR­SAW | Poland’s pres­i­dent says he has re­ceived a pledge from lead­ers of the pop­ulist rul­ing party that they won’t in­tro­duce re­stric­tions on me­dia ac­cess in par­lia­ment, a plan that had sparked days of bit­ter protests.

It ap­peared to be a vic­tory for the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion and the civic ac­tivists who have staged protests since Fri­day.

Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda, who hails from the pop­ulist rul­ing party and re­mains aligned with it, said the party had “good in­ten­tions” when it an­nounced last week that it planned to in­clude var­i­ous re­stric­tions that would have lim­ited the ac­cess jour­nal­ists. He said the plan was only in­tended to help jour­nal­ists or­ga­nize their work bet­ter.

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