Poland to Stop Soros Taking Over Second Biggest Radio Station

30-01-19 08:09:00,

Not the most popular guy in Eastern Europe these days

Soros is helping publisher Agora SA in their take-over bid for Radio Zet, in an effort to stop Fratria, a publisher of a pro-government weekly Sieci, according to Wirtualnemedia.pl portal.

Poland is following the example of Hungary, where an anti-Soros campaign ended in the Hungarian-born billionaire’s foundation leaving the country.

On Monday, the ruling Law & Justice party spokeswoman Beata Mazurek said on Twitter: “The state should do everything to stop market speculators from increasing their influence on the media market.”

But Bloomberg reported that hours later, Deputy Culture Minister Pawel Lewandowski told wPolsce.pl television that the government does not have the legal means other than usual anti-monopoly legislation to stop the deal.

“The problem is how to measure concentration on the media market with multiple platforms and how to measure concentration on the market of ideas, we don’t have tools for that,” he said. “I’d like to have legal grounds to do it.”

The Law & Justice party has repeatedly called for a “re-Polonization” of its foreign-owned media, but after an international campaign, the government has shelved plans that could force foreign media owners out.

By imposing rules to limit ownership on groups whose cross-platform holdings and market share are deemed “dominant”, foreign media players will be at a disadvantage.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, a young Ukrainian “human rights defender” working for Soros’s Open Dialog Foundation, has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-Polish activists for the cause.

Last year, the Polish government deported Kozlovska without any explanation. The likely reason is that she and her Polish husband, Bartosz Kramek, had been instigating riots against the ruling party.

Kozlovska admitted that her husband had posted a statement on Facebook calling for civil disobedience.

When Kozlovska – who had met with Soros personally – traveled to Brussels, she was turned away at the border because Polish officials had placed an alert in the Schengen Information System (SIS), a shared EU database flagging “unwelcome” foreigners during border control.

Kozlovska and Kramek told the Washington Post that they have reason to believe that the Internal Security Agency regards them as a threat to public safety.

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Poland becoming a US accomplice – Global Times

14-01-19 08:55:00,

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/13 20:33:39

After an employee of Huawei was arrested on alleged spying charges, Joachim Brudzinski, Poland’s internal affairs minister, called for the European Union and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets. When a spokesman for Poland’s secret services chief tweeted the arrest on Friday, he used @ to attract the attention of the US Department of State, FBI, CIA and NATO. 

Warsaw’s moves confirm the suspicion that the high-profile arrest has the political purpose of catering to the US actions against Huawei.

Very few public espionage disputes have occurred between China and East Europe. Warsaw claims that the allegation was directed at personal behavior instead of the company, but how it handled the issue has already damaged Huawei’s reputation. Although clearly aware of the affair’s special resonance, Warsaw is wooing Washington while playing tricks on Beijing.

Poland fears China’s retaliation, so it is calling for a joint position with the EU and NATO so as to share the pressure. Meanwhile such a call helps the US expand suppression of Huawei into the EU and NATO.

Huawei’s equipment is widely applied in Europe’s 4G networks and no evidence proves that Huawei’s equipment has damaged European network security. Europe’s 4G network is independent and free, but will the continent obey Washington’s command in the communication industry starting from 5G? Warsaw is guiding Europe in the wrong direction.

As a middle-class country in Europe with limited influence and historical experiences of being invaded, Poland still worries that Russia’s threat has not been truly eliminated. Poland ranks a maximum security guarantee from the US at very top of its security agenda and is endeavoring to realize a US military presence in the country.

However, Warsaw’s anxiety is not universal in Europe, especially Western Europe. Most European countries are not as proactive as Poland in picking a side between China and the US and voluntarily helping Washington to exclude Huawei. Some European countries are keeping Huawei at a distance out of security concerns for Huawei’s equipment or US coercion. 

Huawei is China’s best private high-tech enterprise and its suffering is symbolic. The Chinese government must help the company defend its legitimate rights and interests.

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