EU criticizes Polish law limiting foreign ownership of media companies


May 12 - The European Commission has criticized a Polish bill on Thursday limiting foreign ownership of the media companies that was passed by the country's lower house of parliament, saying it sent a negative signal.

On Twitter, media freedom and diversity of opinions are what strong democracies welcome, not fight against, the Vice-President of the European Union's Executive, Vera Jourova. The draft Polish broadcasting law sends a positive signal.

On Wednesday, Polish lawmakers passed a bill that would strengthen a ban on companies from outside of the European Economic Area controlling Polish broadcasters.

The opposition in Warsaw says the bill aims to gag the news channel TVN 24, which is owned by U.S. - based media group Discovery Inc and is critical of right-wing nationalist government.