US ambassador clashes with Warsaw over media freedom

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Government efforts to rein in critical media lead to a confrontation with Washington.

WARSAW — The U.S. ambassador to Poland tangled with the country’s right-wing government over an American-owned TV station that has fallen afoul of the ruling party.

Polish media released a picture of a letter sent by Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (whose name was misspelled), warning the government to lay off efforts to prosecute journalists at the TVN24 news channel, owned by the Discovery Channel.

“I am writing…

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