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Some of the national and local newspapers that ran the advertorial include: "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna", "Rzeczpospolita", "Puls Biznesu", "Polska Times", "Fakt", "Super Express", "Nasz Dziennik", "Gazeta Polska Codziennie", as well as many of the regional titles taken over by the state-owned Orlen.
In the paid advertisement, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek promotes the merger of PKN Orlen and Lotos Group, arguing that the transaction will translate into increased financial performance, ensure Poland's energy security, and guarantee stable and affordable energy prices. "Our goal is to provide customers with stable and environmentally friendly energy" - he writes.
Moreover, Obajtek boasts that "[Poland] will be one of the main players on the Hungarian fuel market and will strengthen its position in Slovakia". The fine print next to the editorial read: "Advertisement" or "Sponsored by Orlen".
Among major national dailies, only "Gazeta Wyborcza" did not receive an inquiry to publish Orlen’s advertorial.
- We received multiple court letters from Obajtek and we also sued him ourselves. So, I can understand why he excluded "Wyborcza" from this vast selection of outlets. But it doesn’t matter. We certainly wouldn’t have decided to publish such an advertisement anyway- Bartosz T. Wieliński, the deputy editor in chief of "Gazeta Wyborcza, said in an interview with Press.pl.
The many scandals of Daniel Obajtek
The Orlen CEO is mired in multiple scandals which Gazeta Wyborcza has uncovered. You can read more about it here.
Mr Obajtek’s lawyer also continues to swamp "Wyborcza" with lawsuits regarding the series of investigative articles about his client's dubious business practices and his murky past. Read how the Orlen CEO is trying to sue "Wyborcza" into silence.
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