Poland’s government has already indicated that it would attempt to block the group funded by globalist figurehead George Soros, from taking over the country’s second largest radio station.
The billionaire philanthropist has
teamed up with publisher Agora SA in bidding for Radio Zet against Fratria, a
publisher of a pro-government weekly Sieci, as well as PMPG Polskie Media SA
and Polish businessman Zbigniew Jakubas.
Poland is keen on following the
trails of Hungary, where a strong anti-Soros campaign drove away Central
European University which was founded by the Hungarian-born Soros.
Beata Mazurek, spokeswoman for the
ruling Law & Justice party issued the following statement via Twitter:
“The state should do everything to
stop market speculators from increasing their influence on the media market.”
However, Bloomberg reported that
Deputy Culture Minister Pawel Lewandowski told wPolsce.pl television that the
administration does not have the legal means other than usual anti-monopoly
legislation to prevent the deal from taking off:
“The problem is how to measure
concentration on the media market with multiple platforms and how to measure
concentration on the market of ideas, we don’t have tools for that. I’d like to
have legal grounds to do it.”
The Law & Justice party (PiS) of
Poland has repeatedly pressed for the “re-Polonization” of its foreign-owned
media. After an international campaign, the government shelved plans that could
push some foreign media owners out.
Last year, the Polish government
deported Lyudmyla Kozlovska, a young Ukrainian “human rights defender” working
for Soros’s Open Dialog Foundation without any explanation.
The George Soros Open Dialog
Foundation called the incident an “act of political nature carried out by the
Polish authorities in order to stop the activities of the organization in the
country and abroad”.
Polish members of the European
Parliament Kosma Zlotowski, Ryszard Antoni Legutko and Ryszard Czarnecki, who
represent the Law and Justice (PiS) party, submitted written questions to the
European Commission seeking to end the Foundation’s accreditation to the
However, all of these have been
dismissed by the European institutions as “unfounded” concerns.