I meant to comment on this article I read a while back and find out if anyone knows what the outcome was?
For the link-shy, the article is titled “Polish man goes on trial for ‘defaming’ president” and explains how Marek M is going on trial for linking the presidential website to searches for an insulting word used as a synonym for the male genitalia. I wonder what that could be? :)
It goes on to explain how Marek M is not the first person to come under intense pressure for daring to say or imply anything not entirely nice about Mr. Kaczynski. Apparently, “potato” is a particularly taboo word when used in the same sentence as “Kaczynski”. Ooops!
To be honest, I don’t find it strange that our dear president is throwing his toys out of the pram but I do find it strange that he is being allowed to get away with it. Or is this another of those “He’s our president so he can do what he likes!” moments?
Take a look at the www.poland.gov website on the page that talks about freedom of speech:
“In Polish law system the freedom of speech was first guaranteed in the Little Constitution in 1992, and later in The Constitution in 1997, according to which everybody has freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas. The censorship was abolished by Polish Parliament in 1990.”
“In 1993 Poland signed the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The 10th Article of the Convention states that everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”
Note: more bad translating on official sites – “In Polish law system” – LEGAL system, dammit!!!!
So what’s the deal then? Do we have free speech in Poland or do we not? I’ll be mightily shocked if a country where such freedoms were repressed for so long is still restricting these freedoms in any way whatsoever. Especially if it is being done by people who seem, at other times, very keen to expose those who were involved even in the smallest way with the regime that imposed such restrictions.