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Freedom of Speech in Poland


Poland's president Lech Kaczynski allegedly threatens top journalist

A Polish television channel has expressed its fears over freedom of speech in Poland after the country’s president allegedly threatened to “destroy” one of its journalists.

President Lech Kaczynski is said to have attacked Monika Olejnik, a famed television reporter, following the conclusion of a heated television interview during last week’s European Union summit in Brussels. “You’re on my blacklist, and you’ll regret it,” he is quoted as saying by Polish media. “I’ll destroy you.”

In a letter to Poland’s broadcasting authorities Ms Olejnik’s employer, TVN, a leading independent television station, defended the journalist, adding that the apparent outburst by Mr Kaczynski “raised concerns over free speech” in Poland.

According to one of Mr Kaczynski’s top aides, Piotr Kownacki, the president had taken offence to slights made by Ms Olejnik against his identical twin brother, Jaroslaw, the leader of Poland’s main opposition party and a former prime minister.

Although Ms Olejnik said that Mr Kaczynski later telephoned to apologise, and that for her the issue was now “closed”, the president’s apparent outburst will sour his already fraught relationship with the press.

Since he became president in 2005 Mr Kaczynski has regarded the media with distrust, claiming it to be biased against him and brother. He also backed an unpopular attempt by his brother, when Jaroslaw was still prime minister, to make journalists and editors declare any links they may have had with the Communist era secret services


Re: Freedom of Speech in Poland

T V N = Tusk Vision Network

I don't rate the media much in Poland. What truly depresses me though is the pathetic level of reporting in the UK, both TV and newspapers.
The only investigative reporting is done by the news magazines.

BBC news is a waste of space, Sky News is laughable, so I end up watching France 24 when I want to know something and the 'Russia Today' Putin mouthpiece when I want to feel offended.