People wave European and Polish flags as they take part in a protest against a new media law in the center of Warsaw on January 9, 2016. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI
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The new Polish government's decision to take control of public radio and television is a worrying attack on media independence, the head of the European Broadcasting Union said Thursday, joining a chorus of condemnation of the move.The comments came a day after the European Union began an unprecedented inquiry into whether the media policy and other changes breached its democratic principles, proceedings that could lead to sanctions on the bloc's biggest eastern member.Party lawmakers and officials have said public broadcasts should do more to reflect national values.Philippot said there was "no debate ... today" of responding to the new media powers by kicking Poland out of the Eurovision song contest that the EBU produces.
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