Journalists from the Polish Press Agency (PAP) have been instructed by usurpers to immediately leave their premises, as authorities anticipate a police intervention, as reported by the independent news portal Niezależna.
The Polish Parliament (Sejm) passed a resolution on Tuesday evening aimed at restoring legal order, impartiality, and fairness in public media and the Polish Press Agency. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry of Culture announced that Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, the head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN), invoking the Commercial Companies Code, dismissed the previous presidents of the Management Boards of Polish Television, Polish Radio, and the Polish Press Agency, along with their supervisory boards, on December 19 of the current year. The Minister appointed new supervisory boards for the companies, which in turn appointed new management boards. The Minister of Culture and National Heritage appointed Marek Błoński as the president of PAP, and the Minister removed the previous president of PAP, Wojciech Surmacz, citing a violation of the law.
Since Wednesday, members of the Law and Justice (PiS) party have been present in the headquarters of the Polish Press Agency, claiming to conduct parliamentary intervention.
The self-proclaimed president of the Polish Press Agency, Marek Błoński, has unlawfully taken control of the company, declaring himself the “editor-in-chief.” Access to the company’s computer network has been revoked for the previous editorial team. The rightful president, Wojciech Surmacz, remains in the company’s headquarters, utilizing his office, while the neo-president has taken control of one of the rooms and effectively manages the team’s work.