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Polish Parliament's Lower House Drops Controversial Ban On Reporters

Polish Protests Prompt Political Crisis
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WATCH: Poland is experiencing its biggest political crisis in years. Thousands of opposition protesters took to the streets of Warsaw angry that the ruling Law and Justice party wants to curtail press freedom. They fear the right-wing nationalist government is attempting to undermine Polish democracy. (Reuters)

The Polish parliament's lower chamber, the Sejm, has removed a temporary ban on access for the media after several protests.

Planned curbs on journalists' access to the Sejm were 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 a statement on December 20, the Sejm's press office said any changes to rules governing journalists' access would not be implemented without prior consultations with reporters.

The Sejm's announcement comes the day after President Andrzej Duda held crisis talks with leaders of all the parliamentary parties, including the ruling Law and Justice party.

Duda said in a televised interview after the talks that the issue of media access in parliament was no longer on the table.

With reporting by Reuters and AP
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