The Polish government has passed a law to stamp out Marxists in the state media who promote the “mixture of cultures and races,” and a “world made up of cyclists and vegetarians who only use renewable energy,” and who “fight all forms of religion.”
The law on “national media” was passed last week by the newly elected Law and Justice party (PiS) government—which is the first democratically-elected Polish government to have an absolute majority in Parliament—and will now be submitted to the Polish president for signature.
Defending the law in an interview with the Bild newspaper, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the law would act as a counterbalance for the privately owned media in Poland, which promote liberal values and are biased against the government.
“The previous government carried out a leftist program [in the public media],” Minister Waszczykowski said.
“It was as if the world was set up according to a Marxist model which has to automatically develop in one direction only—a new mixture of cultures and races, a world made up of cyclists and vegetarians, who only use renewable energy and fight all forms of religion,” he told the shocked Bild interviewer.
“These policies have nothing to do with traditional Polish values,” he continued, identifying those values as “traditions, awareness of history, patriotism, faith in God, in a normal family life between husband and wife.”
All the new law was aimed at, Minister Waszczykowski said, was enabling the government to “heal our country of these diseases [which were promoted earlier], so that it can again recover.”
Although the new law has been heavily criticized by some journalists in Poland—the heads of Poland’s public TV channels resigned in protest on December 31—and the European Union, in fact it does not change media ownership or the existing structures in any way.
All that the law does is give the government the right to sack the heads of the already existing state media outlets, public broadcasters, the television service TVP, and the radio service Polskie Radio, without having to go through a tribunal, as was the case before.
The new law does not affect any existing private media outlets in Poland: television, radio, or print—which together make up the majority of news outlets in Poland. In fact, all of the Polish printed media is privately owned—much of it by western European companies.
Although the new law has not actually changed any of the Polish media, the European Commission (EC) has taken it as an “attack on press freedom” and will hold an official debate on the Polish government during its meeting of January 13.
Doubtless Minister Waszczykowski’s latest comments will add fuel to the EC fire, and a lively meeting in Brussels is guaranteed.
In other comments made to the Bild, Minister Waszczykowski said that it was “strange that Polish media is so heavily dominated by German publishers.”
“It would be nice if Polish companies were strongly represented, and we will support them. But we are a free country with a free market economy. And nobody has the intention to change that.”
He went on to discuss the Polish government’s attitude toward the nonwhite “refugee” invasion of Europe as well.
When asked about another government spokesman’s comment that the “refugees” preferred “drinking coffee on the Unter den Linden [in Berlin] rather than freeing their country,” Minister Waszczykowski said that “For centuries, Polish people fought for the freedom of their nation, at home and abroad.
“But now I cannot understand why among all these young men from Syria and Iraq, there are none who want to liberate their homelands from the grip of dictatorship.”
He said that the Polish government would “do everything in order to tackle the causes of flight and the ISIS-terrorism—in their countries of origin.”