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Walesa says Solidarity may build own TV station

The leader of Poland's Solidarity free trade union, Lech Walesa, has said the union will build its own television transmitter if the authorities continue to curb access to the media.

Referring to the row over media coverage of Solidarity's congress, Mr. Walesa said state television and radio belong to the people. Solidarity banned state television from its congress because the authorities refused to grant the union some editorial control over output.

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"Television and radio are ours, are social property. Our union should speak with its own voice. If we cannot agree with the authorities on the matter of permanent access to television once a week, then forget it. Otherwise, we shall build our own television transmitter," he said.