Every day, more than 1,000 journalists go to work for us in Poland, determined to provide accurate and objective information to the Polish people. They are the bedrock of Polish democracy. Discovery and TVN are concerned for the rule of law and basic civil liberties in Poland, but we remain resolute in our defense of the rights of the Polish people and the TVN business.
The proposed act is an attack on core democratic principles of freedom of speech and the independence of the media, and directly affects TVN and Discovery. The outcome should also be deeply concerning to any enterprise investing in Poland, and other democratic countries. Through this bill, Poland directly undermines the values that have connected Poland with Europe and uproots the foundation of the Polish-American relationship.
We hope that the parliament will stop the bill during its session this week and the National Broadcasting Council grants TVN24 the license to operate in Poland — and does not restrict the right of Polish viewers to choose and access reliable and independent information. This is a major test of democracy for the nation.