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Poles Urge President to Veto Anti-U.S. Media Law in Protests

  • Thousands gather after bill targeting Discovery Inc.’s unit
  • President can veto the media law that triggered U.S. rebuke
Demonstrators gather during the “Free People, Free Media” protest at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland on Dec. 19.
Demonstrators gather during the “Free People, Free Media” protest at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland on Dec. 19.Photographer: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Poles protested on Sunday against what they see as the ruling party’s attempt to force out Discovery Inc. as the owner of the country’s most popular private television broadcaster. 

Demonstrations spilled into more than 100 cities and towns after Poland’s parliament unexpectedly approved media law changes on Friday, triggering rebukes from Washington and Brussels. Discovery vowed to defend its investment against proposed changes that would compel the U.S.-based group to sell more than 50% of its TVN unit.