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Polish media regulator fines US-owned news channel $420,000

Poland's media regulator fined a private news channel nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) Monday for what it alleged was unfair reporting during a political crisis last year, but some saw the penalty as an attack on press freedom.

The National Broadcasting Council said in a statement that all-news station TVN24's coverage of street protests over three days last December violated Polish law by "propagating illegal activities and promoting behavior that threatens security."

TVN SA, the owner of TVN24, said it would appeal what it called an "unfounded" penalty. It said the fine was based on an "extremely biased and careless report" by someone...

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