The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a golden window
to undermine confidence in the media and, in some cases, for world leaders to launch outright assaults
on some of the most respected and important journalistic institutions in their countries.
Earlier this week, the Polish parliament passed a bill
that could mean curtains for the country’s largest independent news channel. TVN24, a broadcaster that is frequently critical of the Polish governing party, is in part owned by the American media group Discovery. Should this new bill become law, non-EU entities will be prohibited from being majority shareholders in Polish media companies, meaning Discovery would have to sell its majority stake.
Wiener Zeitung is a state-owned newspaper and is funded by a model that requires the government to advertise jobs and make other formal announcements in its pages. Yet the paper has an independent editorial policy and has often criticized Kurz and his administration….