‘A roller doesn’t ask the asphalt where to go’ – Tusk’s minister praises liquidation of Polish public TV

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, left, speaks with Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz in the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
By John Cody
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Polish television (TVP) has officially been put into a state of liquidation by a court despite the fact that back in January an official of the Registry Court had refused to authorize the liquidation on the grounds that it transgressed legal provisions on the existence of public media and bypassed the constitution.

At the time, Culture Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz had dismissed the court’s decision, saying that the liquidation would continue and that he would eventually get his way. 

On Monday, a court of register in Warsaw decided to authorize the liquidation and the appointed liquidator, Daniel Gorgosz, now has the authorization of the court for his office.

Minister Sienkiewicz struck a feisty mood following the court’s decision.

“The end of the dispute over the legality of the liquidation of the monstrosity that was PiS television. I thank all those who helped with this, and to those who defended that pathology, all I have to say is that a roller doesn’t discuss with asphalt where to go,” Sienkiewicz posted on X.

The decision to put TVP in a state of liquidation was made last December after legislation to provide public funds to TVP was vetoed by the president. The real reason, however, was to avoid having to contest in the courts the takeover of the management of TVP and other public media, which had been carried out in contravention of the law on public media. 

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