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Poland: Protesters make noise on the streets of Warsaw against media law02:28

Poland: Protesters make noise on the streets of Warsaw against media law

Poland, Warsaw
December 18, 2016 at 15:20 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters continued to rally outside Polish Parliament in Warsaw on Sunday, for the third day in a row, in opposition to planned government restrictions on media coverage of debates in the parliament's lower house.

Rules proposed by the governing Law and Justice Party (PiS), due to take effect in January 2017, would block journalists recording parliamentary sessions with the exception of five specified channels. This decision has added to growing fears in the country around democratic rights being attacked.

On Friday, opposition MPs reacted to the proposals by blocking a parliamentary session on the state budget, delaying a vote on the topic. The lower house protest against the media restrictions culminated in mass demonstrations outside parliament buildings.

Poland: Protesters make noise on the streets of Warsaw against media law02:28
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Hundreds of protesters continued to rally outside Polish Parliament in Warsaw on Sunday, for the third day in a row, in opposition to planned government restrictions on media coverage of debates in the parliament's lower house.

Rules proposed by the governing Law and Justice Party (PiS), due to take effect in January 2017, would block journalists recording parliamentary sessions with the exception of five specified channels. This decision has added to growing fears in the country around democratic rights being attacked.

On Friday, opposition MPs reacted to the proposals by blocking a parliamentary session on the state budget, delaying a vote on the topic. The lower house protest against the media restrictions culminated in mass demonstrations outside parliament buildings.

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