"Taking away our right to public information is yet another step in the government's efforts to take over the media and thus further weaken the principles of a democratic state. We cannot consent to this" - major Polish media outlets wrote in their joint statement in defense of the right to public information.
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UPDATE: The hearing before the Constitutional Tribunal, which was supposed to take place on December 15, has been postponed until further notice.

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Media appeal in defense of the right to public information:

On December 15, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal will decide on the fate of the Access to Public Information Act. If it sides with the complaint of the First President of the Supreme Court Małgorzata Manowska, it will make the law toothless and deprive Polish citizens of their right to know about the activities of government officials, guaranteed by Article 61 of the Polish Constitution.

As a result, politicians and government officials at all levels will be able to ignore questions from citizens, activists, and journalists with impunity. The media will lose their tool to control the authorities and hold them accountable for their mistakes, which is one of their most important tasks.

Without access to public information, we would not have learned about the millions in subsidies for reverend Rydzyk, the reprivatization of tenement houses in Warsaw, letters of support for the neo-National Council of the Judiciary, or a suspicious deal for the purchase of ventilators.

Taking away our right to public information is yet another step in the government’s efforts to take over the media and thus further weaken the principles of a democratic state. We cannot consent to this.

Signatories:

„Fakt", „Forum", Fundacja Grand Press, „Gazeta Wyborcza", Gazeta.pl, Magazyn „Press", „Newsweek", OKO.press, „Przegląd", „Polityka", Radio TOK FM, „Rzeczpospolita", Towarzystwo Dziennikarskie, TVN 24, Wirtualna Polska, „Wprost"

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