In recent weeks it has come to the attention of the internet and Eurovision fans that new laws have been set in place by the Polish government. These laws in particular relate to the added control over media given to the state. As a result many fans have been worried about the new law standing in the way of Poland’s Eurovision Song Contest participation – but today the EBU has assuaged such fears.
In a statement on eurovision.tv today, Dave Goodman on behalf of the EBU said;
The EBU’s mission is to strengthen and support public service media and we believe strong, independent public service media is integral to maintaining a thriving democratic society. TVP, and Polskie Radio, remain full EBU Members and their status as well as involvement in EBU activities, such as participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, has not been called into question.
Further, Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the contest, added;
We are looking forward to Poland’s participation in Stockholm. To the EBU and its Members, the Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event which embodies the best of public service values. It is these that we will celebrate in May with all 43 broadcasters that have been confirmed as participating, including the Polish broadcaster TVP.
You can also watch a video statement released by the EBU featuring president Jean-Paul Philippot;
So have no fear, Polish fans – we will see you in Stockholm!