Pol­ish state TV or­dered to apol­o­gize

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WAR­SAW, Poland (AP) — A court in Poland has found state TV sta­tion guilty of in­sult­ing city author­i­ties in Gdansk, in­clud­ing its slain mayor, and or­dered the news sta­tion to pub­licly apol­o­gize and pay $13,000 to a refugee cen­ter.

The War­saw Pro­vin­cial Court ruled Fri­day in a case filed in 2016 by Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamow­icz against TVP INFO over deroga­tory ma­te­rial it aired about mi­grants that also crit­i­cized the mayor’s de­ci­sion to in­vite mi­grants to Gdansk. Adamow­icz, a critic of Poland’s right-wing gov­ern­ment, was killed a year ago by an em­bit­tered ex-pris­oner, dur­ing a fund raiser.

The gov­ern­ment-con­trolled sta­tion is to air a prime-time apol­ogy and pay a fine to a lo­cal refugee cen­ter. The ver­dict is sub­ject to ap­peal.

Adamow­icz ar­gued that the TV ma­te­rial vi­o­lated his and the city author­ity’s rights.

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