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A draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act has been approved by the Sejm Culture and Media Committee. Amendments submitted by Kukiz'15 and Marek Suski (PiS) have been included in the draft, while the one by junior coalition partner Accord has been rejected.

Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski on Tuesday decorated employees of a vaccination point in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, who on Sunday had prevented anti-vaccination protesters against storming inside the building. A scuffle involving the police had also ensued. An ambulance had been damaged, two people had been arrested.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki informed on Monday that the government could not rule out taking "further-reaching steps" regarding the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was to discuss the issue with the Medical Council later that day. He also announced "further incentives" to promote vaccinations. "99 percent of people who have recently died were unvaccinated. Do we need more striking data? - he asked.

Three teenagers - activists from the LGBT+ Youth forum organisation - have chained themselves to the gates of the Ministry of Education and Science in Warsaw. One of them is a nephew of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. According to reporter Justyna Suchecka, they plan to protest for 24 hours. In the afternoon, Deputy Education Minister Tomasz Rzymkowski invited the three for talks.

Poland's Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński informed that a draft tax law, a part of the Polish Deal package, has been prepared. He pointed out the changes would be either beneficial or neutral to 90 percent of taxpayers, some 23 million people. He added that 9 million people would be exempted from personal income tax, which in turn would allow them to keep 8 billion zlotys in their pockets. The project assumes, among other things, tax-free income threshold raised up to 30,000 zlotys annually.

The Prosecutor General has asked Poland's lower house of parliament, the Sejm, to lift the immunity of the President of the Supreme Audit Office Marian Banaś - the National Public Prosecutor's Office informed on Friday. The move has been made at the request of the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Białystok.

Still not prolonged broadcasting licence for TVN24 was among the issues about which Polish senators asked the chief of the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) Witold Kołodziejski. He admitted that the process has been dragging its feet causing a "big problem". According to Kołodziejski, TVN's ownership situation, as well a merger between Warner Media and Discovery, are the main reasons behind the delay.

Two votes were held on Thursday regarding licence extention for TVN24 - spokesperson for Poland's National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) Teresa Brykczyńska told TVN24. "No decision has been made so far," she added. TVN24's current broadcasting licence expires in 66 days. The KRRiT has been examining the station's licence extension request for 17 months now.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that barrister Joanna Reczkowicz, whose case had been examined by Poland's contested Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, had been deprived of her right to a fair trial and impartial court. "Newly created chamber of the Polish Supreme Court was in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights," the court said. Reczkowicz is to be paid 15,000 euros for non-pecuniary damage.

Should the ruling party have influence on content broadcast by TVN? Kantar asked respondents this question in a poll carried out for TVN and TVN24. 86 percent gave negative answers. The question was asked in relation to the proposed changes to the Broadcasting Act put forward by a group of Law and Justice lawmakers.

In a poll conducted by Kantar for TVN and TVN24, respondents were asked questions relating to media freedom and the so-called anti-TVN bill. According to the majority of those asked (77 percent), media freedom as one of the fundamental values of democracy. 72 percent also think that media should watch politicians' moves.

Wiedźmuchy is a support group of some 20 women. They organise events, create art together and help those in need. Recently, local authorities have received a complaint. Its authors accuse the women of promoting occultism and offending religious feelings.

CJEU rulings should be respected by all Polish authorities, but first and foremost by the constitutional body, which the First President of the Supreme Court is - head of the Supreme Court's Criminal Chamber judge Michał Laskowski said on Tuesday. A group of Justices issued a joint statement in which they said that decision by Chief Justice Małgorzata Manowska regarding the contested Disciplinary Chamber was "contrary to the CJEU ruling and in violation of the law".