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US ambassador defending Polish TV station critical of Trump: opinion

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Grzegorz Siwicki 29.11.2018 15:00
The US ambassador in Warsaw is defending a television broadcaster in Poland that is critical of Donald Trump, a commentator has said.
Georgette Mosbacher. Photo: PAP/Marcin ObaraGeorgette Mosbacher. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

The American-owned TVN broadcaster "says" Trump and Polish conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński "are Hitler all day long and anybody on the right is a fascist," Matthew Tyrmand, a current-affairs commentator, has said in a media interview.

TVN reporters were "crying on air" when Trump won the presidential elections in the United States, Tyrmand told public broadcaster Polish Radio in an interview.

He also said that TVN was a “far-left" station and that it broadcast “fake news.”

Tyrmand told the PolskieRadio24.pl website that Trump will be unhappy with his envoy in Poland when he finds out that Mosbacher is defending the “Polish CNN.”

The US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, is “very, very close friends with the head of TVN” and is “basically behaving like a lobbyist” for him, Tyrmand also said.

Polsh-US relations 'very good'

Meanwhile, Mosbacher said on Wednesday that relations between Poland and the US were “very good,” adding that media freedom was a key value.

Her comment on Twitter came after she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to express her “deep concern” over the reaction of Polish authorities to a disputed exposé aired by US-owned private Polish television broadcaster TVN.

Mosbacher tweeted on Wednesday that her priority was to deepen friendship between Warsaw and Washington.

She said that freedom of speech, freedom of the media and freedom of intellectual discourse were key American values.

Polish conservative weekly Do Rzeczy on Monday reported that Mosbacher had voiced criticism of an ongoing investigation into the exposé aired by TVN.

“I hope that members of your government will refrain from attacking, let alone prosecuting, independent journalists, who articulate public interests and strengthen our societies,” Mosbacher wrote in the letter, as revealed by Polish media.

'Diplomacy requires calm and prudence'

Polish government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said earlier on Wednesday that "in our opinion, diplomacy requires calm and prudence.”

Kopcińska also said that Poland and the United States enjoyed “very good relations” and that “one incident will not change this," state news agency PAP reported.

TVN in January aired footage that appeared to show a group of neo-Nazis meeting in a forest in southern Poland and glorifying fascism while celebrating the anniversary of Hitler's birth.

The broadcaster said at the time that the footage was a result of its investigation into nationalist groups in Poland and included recordings of the Pride and Modernity organisation’s celebrations of Adolf Hitler’s birth anniversary in May 2017.

Infamous celebration

But conservative news website wpolityce.pl suggested this month that the infamous celebration was a staged event for which its organiser was paid PLN 20,000 [EUR 4,500, USD 5,300].

Stanisław Żaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security services chief, said on November 8 that testimony by a man detained in a probe contained a claim that the event dubbed by the media “the Hitler birthday party” was staged after it was “commissioned” by people unknown to him.

Meanwhile, broadcaster TVN denied paying money to the man detained in the probe “or anyone who participated in organising the Adolf Hitler birthday party."

The broadcaster, which is controlled by US company Discovery, suggested the detained man was lying.

Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, said on Tuesday that law enforcers were being guided exclusively by the national interest as they probed the case.


Source: PolskieRadio24.pl

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