The Polish Senate has approved amendments to the country’s media law that omit any reference to internet-delivered on demand services.
According to Wirtualne Media, these will now be addressed in the next amendment to the legislation.
The Senate’s decision is seen as controversial as it delays Poland’s full compliance with European audiovisual legislation, which is already over a year behind schedule. As a result, the country risks being fined by the European Commission.
Poland’s National Radio and TV Council (KRRiT) have already spoken out against the omission in the amendment.
Significantly, industry experts believe that the current amendment could lead to censorship as it would require all TV programmes distributed over the internet to be registered with the KRRiT.
However, such concerns have been dismissed by the regulator.