Since Poland's right-wing Law and Justice party won the country's parliamentary elections in October, the media landscape has been undergoing a series of transformations.
What is happening now in state TV reminds me of 1981, the beginning of martial law, when General Jaruzelski cleansed the media. Under this new law the process will be the opposite. All journalists will be fired and only the ones who declare loyalty to the new government will be hired back.
The party led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski is anti-Russian, distrustful of Germany and suspicious of immigrants. And with its strong emphasis on what it calls traditional Polish values, the government clearly wants domestic media organisations to get behind its nationalist message.
It has made significant changes to the public broadcaster in Poland, passing a media law that gives the government the power to directly appoint the heads of TVP - Poland's public broadcaster - and other state-owned media outlets.
That legislation has raised concerns in Brussels, where European Union officials have threatened to throw the book at Poland for what they see as a blow for pluralism and press freedom.
But the EU has had little influence on a similar turn of events in Hungary, where Victor Orban's Fidesz party has reshaped the country's media in its own, ultra-conservative, image. So is there any reason to believe things will turn out differently in Poland?
Talking us through the story are: Krysztov Skowronski from the Polish Association of Journalists; Jaroslaw Kurski at Gazeta Wyborcza; journalist Attila Mong; Elda Brogi from the European University Institute; and TVP2 chairman Maciej Chmiel.
Source: Al Jazeera