The Curious cases of Waldemar Sadowski vs Polish TVP

The Polish public media is being taken to court over the alleged dissemination of propaganda and disinformation

2 May 2019

The landmark cases argue for and against a new reading of our fundamental human rights. Namely, that we have the right to be well-informed by public media and deliberate attempts to spread false information by public sources is an attack against our dignity.

Last year, Waldemar Sadowski became known as a man who stood up against the state propaganda being spread by the Polish public broadcaster, TVP. Currently, he’s waiting for the dates of his new court hearings as he has two ongoing trials: the first one, submitted on September 1st 2017, is against the Polish public broadcaster TVP where he’s accusing the state–owned media of manipulation through propaganda, and therefore violateing his and the Polish nation’s dignity.

Sadowski demands apologies in various media as well as the discontinuation of the current editorial practices.

In the second case, he’s been accused by TVP for defamation, which according to the plaintiff took place during the interview with the daily Gazeta Wyborcza on July 6th 2018. In this interview, Sadowski argued that TVP, in its various publications, does not show respect for the truth which in his opinion is a violation of his and the whole nation’s dignity.

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Natalia Żaba

Originally from Wroclaw, Poland, Natalia Żaba has spent a decade in the Western Balkan region, first as a student, then as a reporter and media programme manager at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She covers politics and regional affairs for Al Jazeera Balkans amongst numerous other regional outlets.

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