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Poland's lower chamber of parliament removes ban on reporters
December 20, 2016 / 9:04 AM / a year ago

Poland's lower chamber of parliament removes ban on reporters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s lower chamber of parliament, the Sejm, removed a temporary ban on access for the media on Tuesday and said any changes to rules governing journalists’ access would not be implemented without prior consultations with reporters.

Polish opposition parliamentarians protest against the rules proposed by the head office of the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, ban all recording of parliamentary sessions except by five selected television stations and limits the number of journalists allowed in the building, in the Parliament in Warsaw, Poland December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Planned curbs on media access to the Sejm announced last week by the speaker triggered demonstrations outside parliament and a sit-in protest by opposition lawmakers in the Sejm’s debating chamber. In response, the speaker imposed a temporary complete ban on reporters last week.

“As of today, recently announced changes regarding the access of journalists to the buildings of the Sejm cease to be binding,” the Sejm’s press office said in a statement.

Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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