OSCE urges Poland’s ‘restraint’ with investigative reporter
The Viennabased Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe says it is concerned about legal steps the Polish government is taking against a reporter who alleges the defence minister has long-standing ties with Russian military agents and members of the Russian mafia.
Tomasz Piatek, an investigative reporter for the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, published his allegations about Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz in a new book, “Macierewicz and his Secrets.”
The ministry filed a complaint with military prosecutors accusing Piatek of “using force or threats against a public official” and “public insults or humiliation of a constitutional body.” If Piatek is tried and found guilty he could face up to three years in prison.
The OSCE called on Poland Thursday to show “restraint” in reacting to the book “in order to protect freedom of the media.”
The OSCE said that its representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, wrote to the Polish Foreign Ministry saying “authorities should not use the courts to silence the media, whose role it is to hold them to account.”