The editor of the public Radio Gdańsk, Marcin Mindykowski, who signed the letter of journalists opposing lex TVN, lost his job a few days later. The Press Freedom Monitoring Center of the Association of Polish Journalists stood in defense of the dismissed journalist, which on Friday issued a statement on this matter. “The coincidence in time of these two facts – the signing of the appeal in defense of TVN and the sudden termination of the cooperation agreement – raises the highest concern due to the violation of the right of every journalist and citizen to express their views,” the attention was drawn.
The case of a journalist of the public radio station of Radio Gdańsk was described, among others, by the Onet portal. Marcin Mindykowski signed a protest in defense of TVN in connection with the anti-TVN law pushed by PiS deputies. A few days later, Mindykowski lost his job. The decision in this matter was made by the president of Radio Gdańsk, Adam Chmielecki. – The President of Radio Gdańsk eagerly emphasizes his ties with the Solidarity community and attachment to its ideals. During his term of office, a new program, “Głos Pracownik” appeared on the radio. just from the so-called junk contracts. However, taking into account – not only my – form of employment at Radio Gdańsk, it is difficult not to get the impression that the declared values do not coincide with the actions – said Mindykowski in an interview with Onet.
The Association of Polish Journalists defends the journalist of Radio Gdańsk
The Freedom Monitoring Center of the Polish Journalists Association stood in defense of the dismissed journalist, which on Friday issued a statement on this matter. Onet recalled that a few weeks ago this organization supported the draft amendment to the media law, known as lex-TVN. “The SDP Press Freedom Monitoring Center is very concerned about the termination of the contract with Marcin Mindykowski by Radio Gdańsk and appeals to the management of Radio to restore him to work” – reads the release.
CMWP pointed out that according to its information, “Marcin Mindykowski was dismissed from Radio Gdańsk, in which he cooperated for nine years on the so-called contract for a specific task, after he signed an appeal from journalists in defense of TVN”. “The reasons for his dismissal were not officially given to him, his civil law contract was terminated, so the journalist had a very short notice period (one month). Meanwhile, working in the radio was his primary source of income, he produced many programs for Radio Gdańsk and had it two regular broadcasts “- noted in the statement.
“The coincidence in time of these two facts – the signing of the appeal in defense of TVN and the sudden termination of the cooperation agreement, raises the highest concern due to the violation of the right of every journalist and citizen to express their views” – wrote Dr. Jolanta Hajdasz, director of the Center.
SDP emphasized that “in this position, it does not refer to the content of the appeal signed by the journalist, but would like to point out that by taking advantage of the privileged position of an employer over a journalist who has been employed for nine years, he is deprived of his job without any social security and without an attempt to rationally justify this action. “. “Such treatment of journalists threatens the freedom of speech and spoils the public debate in Poland. That is why we appeal to the management of Radio Gdańsk to reconsider the matter and reinstate editor Marcin Mindykowski” – indicated.
Anti-TVN act with the support of the Sejm
On August 11, the Sejm adopted the anti-TVN law. It was supported by 228 MPs, with 216 votes against and 10 abstentions. In the unanimous opinion of commentators, the new regulations, the draft of which were submitted to the Sejm by Law and Justice MPs, are aimed at the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law. The regulations are now pending before the Senate.
A group of 52 senators, i.e. the majority in the upper house of parliament, in a statement presented on Wednesday, announced that it would not support the anti-TVN bill.
Onet, Association of Polish Journalists, tvn24.pl
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