Poland protests BBC 'Putinisation' report

A foreign ministry letter addressed to a top BBC executive said a January report on the political crisis in Poland was 'biased', 'inaccurate' and drew 'unjustified conclusions'

Poland protests BBC 'Putinisation' report

World Bulletin / News Desk

Poland issued a formal protest on Wednesday over a BBC report asking if controversial moves by Warsaw's new right-wing government were "Putinising" the EU and NATO member. 

A foreign ministry letter addressed to a top BBC executive said a January report on the political crisis in Poland was "biased", "inaccurate" and drew "unjustified conclusions".

Titled "Is Poland being Putinised?", the report on the BBC's flagship Newsnight current affairs programme featured interviews with a government MP as well as Poles protesting controversial legal changes to the top court and public media.

Critics have accused the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party led by ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski of attempting to stack the Constitutional Court and public television  and radio with loyalists since winning an October election.

The moves have triggered a series of mass demonstrations and harsh criticism both at home and across Europe.

The EU last month launched an unprecedented probe to see if the Polish government was violating the bloc's democracy rules and merited punitive measures.

"Putinisation" loosely refers to the tight grip on state power exercised by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a figure who has long drawn sharp criticism in Poland.

Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2016, 15:21
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