Monitoring of the 2019 European Parliament election campaign in the main news programme of Polish public TV, report of the Stefan Batory Foundation

The monitoring of “Wiadomości” TVP conducted from May 10-24 demonstrated that the main public TV news programme failed to observe during the electoral campaign the conditions of article 21.1 of Poland’s Law on radio and tv which requires public service television to be „pluralistic, unbiased and independent”.

Qualitative and quantitative analysis of “Wiadomości” indicates that the programme ran content which favoured the ruling party and omitted, downplayed, ridiculed or vilified the opposition parties candidates and politicians by the use i.a. of fake news, picture and sound manipulations.

Full text of the report below.