According to Wirtualne Media, the proposed change to the Broadcast Act will now be debated in parliament (Sejm) from August 11.
It adds that the parliamentary commission, following a stormy debate, voted 16 in favour and 12 against the proposed change, with one abstention.
The amendment prohibits the direct or indirect control over a TV or radio station in Poland by a company based outside the European Economic Area. This would prevent Discovery, which formally owns the national broadcaster TVN through Dutch-registered Polish Television Holding but is ultimately based in the US, from operating in Poland.
Marek Suski, a member of the Sejm representing the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said: “We have a fairly aggressive attack on Poland, elements of the information-hybrid war, hacking into the accounts of ministers, announcing these stolen e-mails on foreign foreign-language portals. Fortunately, they do not have a large range, but it can’t be ruled out that countries hostile to Poland could buy a TV or radio station, portal or newspaper and spread untruths”.