After allegations of government attack on freedom of press, the current Polish political crisis has worsened over the last few days, with diverse protests both in and outside the nation’s Parliament. Hundreds of furious anti-government demonstrators besieged the building, preventing politicians from the ruling Polish party, called Law and Justice, from leaving,
The turning point of the instability has definitely been the last government plan to limit media access to the Polish Parliament. Since the country returned to democracy almost 27 years ago, journalists have enjoyed unrestricted access, being free to follow every issue addressed in the Parliament and ask politicians any question.
This access has been regarded as a basic example of Polish democracy. However, the current government believes it is an unwanted privilege that the press has abused. Consequently, the government proposed cutting down the number of journalists with parliamentary accreditation, which has resulted in a sharp national crisis whose termination does not seem to be about to happen.
In fact, protesters hope to take to the streets again in order to keep pressuring the government as much as possible, while allegations of attemped coups d’état and threats to democracy increase.