Polish governing party files libel suit over critical commentary

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A supporter of Adam Bodnar holds a portrait of the Ombudsman and a book titled 'Our Rights', outside the Constitutional Tribunal, Warsaw, Poland, 15 April 2021, Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman Adam Bodnar removed from his post

The Bodnar case is yet another example of Poland’s assault on the rule of law. Since 2015, the government has politicised judicial appointments, refused to implement judgements and severely undermined the Constitutional Tribunal’s independence and effectiveness.

A woman holds Polish and EU flags while demonstrating against the Polish government's proposed media advertising tax which would impact private broadcasters, in Krakow, Poland, 12 February 2021, Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto

Rights groups say EU must act on media freedom in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia

“The EU has sat on the sidelines for too long. Repeated inaction to stop the undermining of media freedom and pluralism first in Hungary, and then in Poland, has allowed this model of media capture to grow and spread to other Member States. The cost of further inaction is simply too high.”

Members of the media hold candles and banners reading "Media with no choice" during a protest against the proposed advertising tax, labelled as "extortion", in front of the state owned broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP), in Krakaw, Poland, 10 February 2021, Omar Marques/Getty Images

Poland: Media freedom faces greatest set of challenges since 2015

Report by Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) members finds that “Poland is now taking worrying steps down the path established by Hungary, whose government has in the last decade created and then exported a system of media capture unprecedented in the EU”.