Polish liberals shutting down public media overshadows and hides their acceptance of EU migration pact

Migrants aboard a Cyprus marine police boat as they're brought to harbour after being rescued from their own vessel off the Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, then you won’t know that soon you may be facing having neighbors who, until now, you only saw in footage from Lampedusa, the suburbs of Stockholm, or Marseille.

It was a conspiracy of silence. Even though the election is over and there is no need to keep silent about topics which are inconvenient for the new liberal majority. 

The decision taken on the EU migration pact, with acquiescence from the Polish government, will have consequences. The migrants will arrive, sooner rather than later, and they will no longer be illegal migrants who can be contained by a wall on the border. They will be here legally as a result of the EU’s decision. 

The left will reassure us that the relocation is not compulsory and is just a solidarity mechanism that we can avoid if we cough up money for other countries who will take in the migrants. That’s not solidarity, it’s extortion. 

There is also the argument that the migration pact restricts asylum rules, but this is an attempt to pull the wool over our eyes. 

When Poland was building its wall on the border with Belarus, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told us that this was a terrible solution and MEPs protested too. That has changed, thank goodness, and walls are now considered legitimate. 

The pact also assumes stricter controls on EU frontiers, but that is contradicted by the demand that asylum checks be shorter, which will lead governments to cut corners and allow more people in. 

The censorship on such touchy issues, which is now being brought in, places great obligations on those media organizations still prepared to be independent and free. It is up to us to inform the people in these difficult times for freedom in Poland.

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