Supporting Terrorism Online
23 June 2021
The decline of democracy in Poland is a reality attested by both lived experience and thorough analyses. Terms such as democratic backsliding, semi-authoritarian countries and illiberalism are well settled into the vernacular. At the same time, the actors that stand behind the decline of democracy in Poland continue to employ Putinist and Orbánist strategies. They are now laying the groundwork for legislation likely to target Polish civil society.
On 26 April 2021, the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, an ultra-conservative legal think-tank with personal ties to the ruling party PiS and a significant political influence, published a statement accompanied by a request to support their petition advocating for “introducing legal changes that would ensure transparency of foreign funding of NGOs.” The ‘legal initiative’ targeting civil society is at the moment just a petition with barely 450 signatures.