The Polish Senate on Thursday, September 9 rejected the so-called “Lex TVN” that could result in Discovery being forced to exit the country.
In a vote on rejecting the amendment in its entirety, 53 were in favour, 37 against and three abstained.
“Lex TVN” will now be returned to parliament (Sejm) and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has previously indicated he may veto the amendment.
In a statement on the Senate vote provided by Discovery to Broadband TV News, Kasia Kieli, president and MD for Discovery in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: The Senate has clearly signalled that the bill is an attack on core democratic principles of freedom of speech and the independence of the media. We are, however, still concerned about the future of TVN and independent media in Poland as the bill can still be passed by the Sejm and the licence for our news channel TVN24 is still not renewed”.