Stanowisko SDP w sprawie reformy mediów w Polsce wzbudza duże zainteresowanie za granicą. Zgłasza się do nas wiele mediów z prośbą o komentarz lub wywiad. Przedstawiciele zarządu SDP rozmawiali między innymi z anglojęzyczną telewizją Al Jazeera, największą szwedzką gazetą Aftonbladet i białoruskim branżowym portalem mediakritika.by.
Wielu dziennikarzy zagranicznych korzysta z anglojęzycznej wersji oświadczenia zarządu z dnia 30.12.2015:
Statement of the board
of the Polish Journalists Association (SDP)
December 31st 2015
The Polish Journalists Association (SDP) is deeply astonished by the fact that major European institutions are making statements on public media reforms in Poland without the knowledge of basic facts.
In recent years the public media reached a pathological stage characterized among others by the political bias and lack of pluralism resulting in manipulation and providing a false image of Poland. Public media do not fulfil their mission and duties, as the SDP indicated during its extraordinary convention, insisting on radical changes.
The amendment to the media law passed by the parliament on December 30th can only be regarded as the first move towards media with the space for fair and pluralistic public debate. We expect that in the coming months a new media law will be prepared and adopted. We also expect that the civil society organizations and the environment of media professionals will be involved into the work on the new media law.
We expect that the final arrangement of the public media system will protect it from political influence, enabling it to reliably carry out its informational and cultural mission.
On behalf of the board of the Polish Journalists Association
Krzysztof Skowroński,President of the SDP
Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, V-ce President of the SDP
Piotr Legutko, V-ce President of the SDP
oraz anglojęzycznej wersji listu, skierowanego 8 stycznia 2016 roku do miedzynarodowych organizacji dziennikarskich (European Federation of Journalists, European Broadcasting Union, Association of European Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, Index of Censorship):
The assessment of the newly adopted media law in your statement dated December 30th 2015 is superficial and entirely ignores the complexity of the situation in Poland.
Public media in Poland for the past eight years suffer from the disease of bias.
In SDP's view public media were used as a propaganda tool. In the period 2009 -
2015 almost all journalists whose critical thinking not met expectations of the ruling party have lost a job in public as well as in private media. The list of unfairly dismissed autonomous professionals is long. Today these journalists run a bunch of new independent media operating in opposition to the mainstream.
In our opinion - and we are the largest association of journalists in Poland - deep reforms are necessary to restore the impartiality, credibility and balance at public media.
The legal status that gives the treasury minister the power to appoint the boards of public media SDP considers as temporary and as such acceptable in a time of change. The new media bill is justified by the fact that public media are not acting in the public interest but are used for a political struggle by the party that has lost in the last election.
We consider that the leading journalists organisations shall not assess the situation in Poland so unambiguously and shall better understand the object at issue to avoid being manipulated by one side of the political conflict.
All the best for challenging yet promising 2016!