The Grand Press Foundation sent a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in which he appeals for journalists to be allowed to work in the area of the state of emergency. “Strong and responsible authorities are not afraid of social control,” we read in a letter signed by the president of the foundation, Weronika Mirowska. The editorial offices of TVN24 and “Fakt” TVN also signed the letter.
Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.
When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency.
An open letter to the prime minister
Therefore, the Grand Press foundation sent an open letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. “We appeal to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, to immediately allow journalists to work in the border area of Poland and Belarus,” reads the letter.
The Foundation referred to article 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, which says that “the Republic of Poland shall ensure freedom of the press and other means of social communication” and article 54, which states that “everyone shall be guaranteed the freedom to express their views and obtain and disseminate information”.
“By referring directly to the constitutional law, as well as to the provisions of the Press Act, we call for an exception to the regulation on the state of emergency, enabling journalists to exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations under them,” we read in the letter.
“Strong and responsible authorities are not afraid of social control”
The authors of the letter mention that the current situation on the border “causes public concern regarding: state security, tightness of borders, respect for human rights as well as the economic, social and psychological situation of the inhabitants of these areas, including uniformed services and persons staying there temporarily”. “The right of citizens is access to information, and the duty of the media – the ability to control the actions of the authorities,” reminds the foundation.
“A strong and responsible government is not afraid of social control, which is ensured by free and independent media. Maintaining the ban on journalistic work on the Polish-Belarusian border can be understood as an attempt to conceal activities that are illegal and against human decency” – summarized.
The editorial offices of TVN24 and “Fakt” TVN signed the letter.
List of those who signed the appeal:
Weronika Mirowska, president of the Grand Press Foundation
Andrzej Skworz, editor-in-chief of “Press”
Marek Twaróg, editor-in-chief of Press.pl
Paweł Kapusta, Virtual Poland
Piotr Mieśnik, editor-in-chief of Wirtualna Polska
Malwina Dziedzic, journalist of the weekly “Polityka”
Andrzej Andrysiak, “Gazeta Radomszczańska”
Wiktoria Bieliaszyn, “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Iwona Szymańska-Łajewska, “Press”
Kuba Karyś, editor-in-chief of “Super Nowości”, chairman of KOD
Rafał Madajczak, Gazeta.pl
Ania Górnicka, Outriders
Jakub Górnicki, Outriders
Paweł Gregorczyk, editor in charge of the Industry Forum
Ryszard Pajura, Local Observer
Aleksandra Sobczak, vice-editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Katarzyna Kozłowska, Editor-in-chief of “Fakt”
Jerzy Kamiński, “Gazeta Powiatowa – Wiadomości Oławskie”, TuOlawa.pl
Łukasz Różański, editor-in-chief of “Wiadomości Wrzesińskie”
Tomasz Pietraszak, former editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Pomorska”, “Express Bydgoski” and “Nowości Toruńskie”
Robert Feluś, Editor-in-chief of “Wprost”
Bartosz Raj, director of Gazeta.pl websites
Marek Strzelecki, “Press”
Maciej Grzmiel, “Czas Chojnic”, “Tygodnik Tucholski”
Jurek Jurecki, “Tygodnik Podhalański”
Bartłomiej Jurecki, “Tygodnik Podhalański”
Daniel Długosz, “Nowa Gazeta Trzebnicka”
Mariusz Leszczyński, “Local News”, zlotowskie.pl
Janusz Urbaniak, “Krotoszyńska Thing”
Piotr Paterski, “Tygodnik Tucholski”
Mariusz Janicki, “Polityka”
Sylwia Preiss, Publisher of the Gazeta.pl Homepage
Krzysztof Zyzik, Managing Director of the publishing house “Silesiana”
Alicja Molenda Przełom, “Tygodnik Ziemi Chrzanów”
Piotr Drabik, RadioZET.pl
Ewa Siedlecka, “Polityka” weekly
Mikołaj Chrzan, deputy editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Rafał Gratkowski, “Tygodnik Podhalański”
Agata Małkowska-Szozda, “Press”
Roman Imielski, deputy editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Małgorzata Bujara, editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Stołeczna”
Mateusz Szaniewski, “Press”
Kacper Kolibabski, Next Gazeta.pl
Karolina Deling-Jóźwik, program director of Gazeta.pl
Dominik Księski, “Pałuki” weekly
Karolina Słowik, “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Anna Gmiterek-Zabłocka, Radio TOK FM
Tadeusz Jachnicki, journalist of the weekly “Przełom” and Przelom.pl
Paweł Krysiak, editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Wyborcza” in Lublin
Rafał Klimkiewicz, EDYTOR.net Agencja Fotograficzna
Bertold Kittel, “Supervisor” TVN
Hanna Rydlewska, publishing director of “Vogue Polska”
Ina Lekiewicz, editor-in-chief of “Vogue Polska”
Michał Niedbalski, “Press”
Piotr Kozanecki, Head of Onet’s News Department
Joanna Krawczyk, president of the board of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
Piotr Andrusieczko, Outriders, “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Małgorzata I. Niemczyńska, “Gazeta Wyborcza”
Maciej Kozielski, “Press”
Main photo source: TVN24