I don't follow foreign media much (beside some of the US), but I don't remember (or didn't noticed) anything like this before anywhere.
I don't remember anything like that either, but the Western media don't have to stage such protests... And such protests make sense only at the beginning when the independent media are influential enough in the country... In Russia, for example, nie ma już czego zbierać
... I remember that at one point the only independent channel was Dozhd and it got evicted and ended up being forced to air on the internet:
The only independent media that I know that is left is private radio station "Echo of Moscow". I don't know what's their situation nowadays but they already got one Roskomnadzor warning during the annexation of Crimea in 2014 (a radio station can be closed down if it receives two Roskomnadzor warnings in one year).
I don't know about Hungary, but imagine that if a similar protest would take place in Belarus probably not many people would notice, just like in Russia...
do you have children? if so do you hate the 500+ as well?
At one point I vouched to myself not to write about my personal/romantic life on this forum, so I won't answer the first part of your question. As far as the second part is concerned - I knew from the beginning that 500+ was a mistake that Poland can't afford and that it will bite us in the ass. I just didn't realise how hard it will bite us. At first they were giving away those money to anyone who had one child, no matter the income, btw. All those money that were given away, and all those money given to TVP and to "father" Rydzyk, etc. could be used nowadays to aid the health care and to help all the businesses struggling due to pandemic. PiS was too stupid and short sighted to realise we're not freaking Sweden. Buying votes, power - those were more important for them than the future of the country.
And I wouldn't trade democracy in my country, the rule of law, independent judiciary, free media, etc. for 500 PLN once a month, sorry.
I stand by what I wrote - I HATE those irresponsible, power-hungry morons. It's always the ordinary people who are paying for the mistakes of such people in power. The politicians are great at giving themselves raises even during the pandemic, in case you haven't heard... They won't be the ones to go hungry...
somehow making up for the countless taxes imposed by the government, even though we can all see how prices have risen dramatically
also I believe (or maybe just hope) that the tax is aimed mainly at Google, facebook and similar
No, it isn't. And if it isn't such a problem then why even Polsat, which is pro-PiS nowadays, is taking part in the blackout? Their main channel Polsat and some others from their offer are blacked out all day.
"Recently, Poland's largest state-controlled oil refiner, PKN Orlen, said it was buying the country's leading regional media company, Polska Press, from its German owners, saying it makes sound business sense."
"In their open letter, the private media companies said that while they faced $270m in additional costs because of the levy, public media received twice as much a year from taxpayers."
Btw, after the last presidential election in which the opposition candidate got almost half of the votes, Kaczyński told his party that he's disappointed with the result and that those Poles who didn't vote for Duda should be persuaded that PiS is the right political option. Many wondered if it means that the independent media are going to be targeted...
I don't think this tax will kill off the big stations, but it probably will do that to the smaller ones, local radio stations, etc.
Gumishu, why don't you read the open letter of the private Polish media (you know Polish, right?)? This is a local newspaper in my region - it's been around since I can remember - they're taking part in the protest too (the content of the open letter is the same in all the private media who are taking part):