Repressions against journalists
With its sweeping mandate, 
Law and Justice quickly 
began to consolidate its power. 
The country’s public broadcaster, TVP Info, 
essentially turned into a 
mouthpiece of the government 
months after the election. 
Through amendments to 
the country’s media law, 
the government gained control 
over the public media network’s executives, 
which triggered the resignation 
of more than 140 employees.

Soon thereafter, the government 
went after 
independent newspapers 
and broadcasters, as well. 
It attempted to limit 
the number of journalists 
allowed access to parliament 
but had to abandon the plans 
after large-scale protests.
As a result, Poland’s ranking 
in the Press Freedom Index dropped 
to “partly free” this year 
“due to government intolerance 
toward independent or critical reporting, 
excessive political interference 
in the affairs of public media, 
and restrictions on speech 
regarding Polish history and identity, 
which have collectively contributed 
to increased self-censorship 
and polarization,” 
according to Freedom House, 
a nongovernmental organization 
based in Washington.
Despite international protests,
 the government’s control 
over state media outlets 
has created a parallel reality 
in parts of Polish society, 
where protests against the “illiberal” 
Law and Justice party 
are being portrayed as a