WARSAW, Poland – Poland's conservative ruling party has sparked accusations that it's taking steps toward censorship with a new plan that would limit reporters' access to parliament.
Opposition lawmakers, furious about the change, chanted "Free media!" and sang the national anthem in the parliament on Friday.
Adam Bodnar, the country's human rights commissioner, also criticized the plan, saying the constitution guarantees the public access to public information.
In the 27 years of Poland's democracy, journalists have been common in the halls of parliament, where they have been able to mingle freely with politicians and grab them for interviews.
The ruling Law and Justice party, which is under tough European Union scrutiny for changes deemed anti-democratic by opponents, plans new rules starting Jan. 1 that would drastically limit reporters' access.