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Poland's New Right-Wing Government Set to Consolidate State Media

TVP news van.
TVP news van. - Sputnik International
Poland's incoming right-wing nationalist government will be making significant changes to the public media space, Culture Minister designate Piotr Glinski told the Polish Press Agency on Sunday.

Glinski told PAP that the new government will be making a push to buy out foreign stakes in the country's media space, adding that it would be drafting a new law on public media in the coming months.

"We want to change ownership patterns in the local press," the minister designate noted, explaining that "as in the banking sector, we may buy back media bodies from foreign owners and, if possible, create our own institutions." Glinski suggested that state media should be considered a 'cultural institution', instead of merely a state-owned business.

Furthermore, the minister designate emphasized that "public media should really become public, with a mission," adding that "these institutions have a social mandate" aimed "supporting national identity" and promoting patriotic values.

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Glinski explained that as with other state institutions, including the National Museum and the National Opera, a single person must be directly responsible for the country's public media, which includes TVP, Polskie Radio and the Polish Press Agency.

The minister designate revealed that former Polish Press Agency and Polskie Radio head Krzysztof Czabanski would be tasked with overseeing the reform of the state media space.

Poland's conservative nationalist Law and Justice party government, considered to hold animosities toward both Brussels and Moscow, will be sworn in on Monday, following an election victory last month in which it trounced the moderate right Civic Platform government.

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