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Sovereign Poland. Draft to abolish defamation laws

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Sovereign Poland has submitted a draft amendment to the Criminal Code, which provides for the liquidation of defamation provisions, i.e. the deletion of Article 212, said the Minister of Justice and leader of this party, Zbigniew Ziobro, on Saturday.

At the press conference, the head of Sovereign Poland, the Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro said that “freedom of the media is freedom of speech, not the fear of criminal liability and the prospect of prison.” – That is why, in the name of the freedom of debate and public discussion in Poland, we are taking the initiative to liquidate the provisions of the Criminal Code on defamation and prosecuting those who cross the border of freedom of speech – announced Ziobro.

He argued that “the Criminal Code should not be a way to enforce the truth” but – as he said – conscience and journalistic integrity. – The civil way remains as the appropriate way to claim responsibility when this freedom of speech has been exceeded and when the journalist has failed to maintain this reliability – stressed Ziobro.

Sovereign Poland ConferencePAP/Pawel Supernak

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He informed that the draft amendment to the Criminal Code was submitted on Friday to the Sejm by Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Warchoł.

Ziobro: a joint initiative of the entire United Right

– Many politicians signed it (the project), it is an initiative of Sovereign Poland in the name of freedom of debate, but it is an initiative shared by our colleagues also from PISyesterday signed this document, among others, the president Jaroslaw Kaczynski or the minister (of national defence) Mariusz Blaszczak. So this is a joint initiative of the entire United Right – both Sovereign Poland and PiS – said Ziobro.

Art. 212 of the Penal Code states that “whoever accuses another person, group of people, institution, legal person or organizational unit without legal personality of such conduct or characteristics that may humiliate him in public opinion or expose him to the loss of trust necessary for a given position, profession or type of activity, is subject to a fine or the penalty of restriction of liberty. If he does so by means of mass communication, he shall be subject to a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to one year.

§ 1. Whoever accuses another person, a group of people, an institution, a legal person or an organizational unit without legal personality of such conduct or properties that may humiliate it in public opinion or expose it to the loss of trust needed for a given position, profession or type of activity, is subject to a fine or imprisonment. § 2. If the perpetrator commits the act specified in § 1 by means of mass communication, he is subject to a fine, the penalty of restriction of liberty or imprisonment for a year. § 3. In the event of a conviction for the offense referred to in § 1 or 2, the court may order an interest in favor of the victim, the Polish Red Cross or any other social purpose indicated by the victim. § 4. The prosecution of the offense specified in § 1 or 2 is carried out by private prosecution.

Main photo source: PAP/Pawel Supernak



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