This weekend thousands of Poles took to the streets to oppose their government's plans to restrict media access to parliament.

The delightfully Orwellian irony is that the plans being proposed by a governing party which calls itself the Law and Justice party (PiS) appear to be contrary to the Polish constitution, which grants access to parliament.

Under the proposals only five selected Polish TV stations will be allowed to record or broadcast parliamentary sessions. The new rules will also limit the number of journalists allowed in the building to a maximum of two accredited parliamentary reporters for each media outlet.

As Poland's human rights ombudsman Adam Bodnar pointed out: "The role of journalists is not only to follow computer screens, but also to seize the opportunity to talk to politicians and to do real-time checks of what's going on".

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