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Polish justice minister slams 'promotion' of LGBT values on state TV

03.01.2023 12:00
The Polish justice minister has said that his co-ruling conservative United Poland party will never accept moves to promote LGBT values on state television.
Zbigniew Ziobro.
Zbigniew Ziobro.PAP/Albert Zawada

Zbigniew Ziobro made the statement on Twitter on Tuesday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

It came amid controversy over state broadcaster TVP’s New Year’s Eve concert that attracted some 65,000 people in the southern resort of Zakopane, as well as some 8 million TV viewers, according to news outlets.

The event was headlined by the US pop-rap group The Black Eyed Peas, whose members appeared on stage wearing ranbow-coloured armbands.

According to politicians with the United Poland party, the move aimed to promote LGBT values. 

Ziobro, who leads United Poland, said on Monday that his party “will likely want to ask Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki whether this sort of statement by TVP constitutes another concession to the demands of the European Union.”

Meanwhile, Morawiecki told reporters on Monday: “We are not in favour of restricting the artistic expression of bands which are performing their material.”

Joachim Brudziński, deputy leader of Law and Justice (PiS), the main party in the governing coalition, stated: “Law and Justice is a party of freedom. Law and Justice politicians do not care what people’s preferences are.”

'The rainbow flag is a symbol of intolerance and aggression'

Commenting on these remarks, Ziobro, the justice minister, said in a tweet: “Violence, destruction of churches, spitting at things that are sacred, depravity against children … The rainbow flag is a symbol of intolerance and aggression.”

Ziobro added: “On this issue, United Poland takes a fundamentally different view than Mateusz Morawiecki and Law and Justice. We will never accept ‘artistic promotion’ of LGBT on TVP.”


Source: PAP, wpolityce.pl

Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.