Photojournalist Agata Grzybowska, who works for the RATS Agency, the Associated Press and Gazeta Wyborcza, was detained earlier today while covering an anti-government protest in front of the Ministry of Education building in Warsaw.
She was forcibly pulled out of the protesting crowd by the police and escorted to the police van. During the arrest police officers refused to recognize her as a journalist although Agata identified herself and showed them her Press-ID. She was detained for an alleged breach of the inviolability of a police officer
The police originally refused to provide information concerning the location to where Agata would be transported, but we now know that Agata is currently detained at the police precinct in central Warsaw, on Wilcza street, her lawyer in present on site.
Several opposition MPs have also arrived to offer their assistance A spontaneous protest in solidarity with the journalist is taking place in front of the police building. She was released shortly after 7 pm following an intervention by MP Michał Szczerba from the Civic Platform.
This is yet another example this year showing how Polish police under the rule the Law and Justice party is using violence and unlawful detentions in order to hinder journalists' work. The situation has worsened significantly over the last month as the ruling camp has forced through a violent response to the peaceful protests that started following the Constitutional Tribunal's ruling restricting the abortion law.
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