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Poland after the election: Divided and polarised?
Andrzej Duda’s victory in the Polish presidential election may be a turning point for Poland. If the election campaign is anything to go by, the country is heading towards an (even) more divided and polarised future.

During the election campaign, Duda and PiS routinely attacked the so-called “foreign-controlled media” and warned of the alleged influence of German media companies. The opposition, on the other hand, pointed out how public media has become “propaganda tools” of the government.

While the media landscape in Poland is pluralistic, it is also extremely polarised and under constant “soft” pressure from the government. There are also concerns that the situation for NGOs and independent media will further deteriorate over the coming years.

In this week’s kitchen talk, we will discuss the impact of the presidential election on the media landscape in Poland and examine the strategies of Polish media to deal with the situation. We will also talk about the changing journalistic standards in the context of semi-authoritarian, populist governments. So make sure to register!

Jan Opielka, freelance journalist, Poland

Karolina Zbytniewska, EURACTIV, Poland
Ludwika Włodek, University of Warsaw, Poland

6.45 pm: “Apéritif” (test your video/audio and say hello)
7.00 pm: Poland after the election: Divided and polarised? - Discussion
8:00 pm: Stay with us for another beer or a glass of wine for the informal part of the evening.

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