Polish President Signs Controversial Media Bill into Law

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Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite European Union (EU) concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs, the AFP had reported.

“It is important to the president that state media be impartial, objective and credible,” presidential spokeswoman Malgorzata Sadurska told reporters.

The measure is the latest controversial legislation introduced by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, which won a general election in October after eight years in opposition.

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