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Statement of the Management Board of the Polish Judges Association „Iustitia". Issued on November 25, 2021.
It is with great concern that we have received the information about the ongoing conflict between the management board of Agora S.A. and the editorial staff of "Gazeta Wyborcza".
The journalistic integrity of one of Poland’s last independent newspapers is in jeopardy. Free courts and free media exist to protect people from abusive governments. It is the journalists of free media who bring the hidden political agendas out in the open and show the cases that the police and prosecutors do not want us to see. Political power is always tempted to avoid restraint and accountability, but as long as journalists are free to do their jobs without outside interference, it will be kept in check.
It is not the time for disputes, for they will only benefit the evil, unscrupulous opponents of free speech. We do not judge the legal issues that have arisen in the context of this conflict.
We want to believe that the journalists of "Gazeta Wyborcza" will be able to continue doing their jobs as they have for the past thirty-three years. The existence of a free press has allowed us to defend the independence of the courts, for which we are extremely grateful.
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