Poland / Europe & Central Asia


Attacks on the Press 2000: Poland

LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS CONTINUED IN 2000, as Poland moved closer to joining the European Union. While journalists struggled under longstanding legal burdens, new court rulings favored press freedom, and legislation was drafted to improve access to information. Meanwhile, one violent attack against a journalist was recorded, and the political opposition alleged that the state…

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Attacks on the Press 1999: Poland

Poland became a member of NATO in April 1999 and looks forward to further integration with the West, including European Union membership in the next few years. The country has free and relatively professional media, but Poland’s positive press freedom record is marred by the government’s retention of criminal- libel statutes despite President Alexander Kwasniewski’s…

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