President Andrzej Duda delivered his New Year’s address, where he highlighted a concerning issue regarding an assault on the media. In his speech, he firmly stated, “The government coalition have broken the rules…”
“I would like to make this clear: those in power can reform the public media, but this must be done in accordance with the law,” he added.
Tonight, in accordance with the previous announcements of the President’s Chancellery, Andrzej Duda addressed a message to the Polish people.
And he added, “as the Commander–in–Chief of the Armed Forces, I am always ready to co–operate with the government on issues concerning the strengthening of our security.”
“Basic principles are being violated…”
Next, the head of the Polish state referred to the attack on public media, carried out by the government of Donald Tusk since December 20th.
He emphasized that “for the first time in free Poland after 1989, there was an attempt to take over the public media by force.”
“The television signal of some channels was switched off and news programmes stopped broadcasting. Finally, Polish Television, Polish Radio and the Polish Press Agency were put into liquidation,” he clarified.
In the president’s assessment, “serious concern is also raised by the further announcements of making important decisions through parliamentary resolutions.”
“I will oppose this.”
He stressed that “as the President of the Republic of Poland, I will strongly and in accordance with my constitutional powers oppose such actions. I therefore call on the government coalition to start respecting the principles of a democratic state under the rule of law and to respect citizens regardless of their political views.”
“This should be your political New Year’s resolution!” he appealed to those in power.
However, he emphasized, “I am ready to cooperate on the most important matters for Poland, but I am also prepared for the situation that the government will not want such cooperation!”
2024 – A Year of Important Anniversaries for Poland
In a slightly more optimistic tone, the president spoke about the anniversaries that Poland will celebrate in 2024. These include the 25th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the 20th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union (EU).
Finally, it was time for New Year’s wishes.
➡️ Read also the whole New Year’s Address in Polish here.