OSCE asks about Media Freedom in Poland

Polish government should refrain from going on the trail each time someone is criticising it

Harlem Désir
18 September 2017

In June 2017 the Ministry of Defence of Poland filed a criminal case for defamation and assault against Tomasz Piątek an author of a book about connections between Antoni Macierewicz the minister and the Russian mafia.

Harlem Désir, the new OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media appointed in July 2017, explains to the Visegrad Insight why he wrote a letter to the Polish Sejm demanding explanations on this case. In his opinion, Polish journalist exercises his right to the freedom of expression and to criticism.

– Polish government should refrain from going on the trail each time someone is criticising it, commented Désir.

– Of course, there is a defamation law that can be applied. But the journalist was facing a military court while he was only doing his job – publishing a report about a member of the government. It is a risk for the freedom of media, he said.

– We are ready to provide advice and legal review to ensure that EU member state provides the best example, he added.

Poland is listed as partly free in the 20017 Freedom House report on media freedom around the world. In the last two years, it slipped down 10 points down in the 100 point scale.

OSCE asks about Media Freedom in Poland

Polish government should refrain from going on the trail each time someone is criticising it, says Harlem Désir, the new OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Representative on the Freedom of the Media.

Opublikowany przez Visegrad Insight na 17 września 2017

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