Most democracies of the 21st century safeguard the 'Freedom to Press' to a good extent. This is usually put down in a regulatory-document, such as the Constitution. More often than not, it is up to the judiciary to protect the right to expression and see to it that every person is able to put his/her opinion out there. Since the lines between what is freedom and what isn't are often blurred, there is little that anyone can do to question the democratic government, considering that they legitimise themselves through the masses.
I have been hugely critical of the Polish media for quite some time now. Your country, just like several others, falls prey to a history of closely-regulated and censored press. And while Poland has had freedom of press for quite some time now, years of government intervention has dilapidated it. Some Polish politician is always acquiring and buying out a TV channel or a newspaper. And the results are pretty much as one would expect them to be.
With that said, Poland is one of the few countries that limits the press and does not allow free play. I live in India and can assure you that it is much worse here. For starters, much of the Polish happenings in telecommunications are very strongly critiqued upon by newspapers in your country. It's all out in the open. India doesn't have the same amount of transparency. Several incidents have come to light where political parties have been secretly funding news agencies and newspapers for favourable press. Considering how fierce the political competition here in India is, several politicians run huge telecommunication networks secretively behind the curtains.
In Poland, one can tell when a party is trying to use media to further their message and muster support. In India, you can't tell the same. However, much like in Poland, India has a rich tradition of newspaper reading and we have plenty to choose from. Considering that they are a lot more neutral, most of the facts that these parties try to conceal come out anyway.
The reason for this in most countries is a past riddled with censorship. For India, it was with the British government and for Poland, it was the communist regime. Once independent, these nations try and formulate ways in which no one can monopolise the media, which falls flat on its face the second they make the fundamental mistake of handing it all to the state. After India's independence in 1947, the majority-party Congress aired the only TV channel of the time: Doordarshan. Having come into power through the Hindu vote bank, they did their best to portray Hindus in a better light than Muslims. This led to several feuds at the time, most of which were very violent. Mind you, all of this was being done behind the covers and no one realised this until it was too late. Arvind Rajagopal's Politics after Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India provides an apt account of how dangerous the state-run media's influence can be.
Hope this helped!