Poland: Independence of public service media – report by ARTICLE 19 and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
ARTICLE 19 and HFHR find that freedom, independence and pluralism of the media are under severe threat in Poland. The new legislation and administrative actions related to media companies and personnel restrict freedoms and increase or introduce political or executive branch control over National Media Council, media expression and management of media companies. Only international pressure has momentarily slowed down further government capture of independent media.
2nd European Commission recommendation on the rule of law in Poland
On 21 December 2016, the European Commission decided to issue a second Rule of Law Recommendation. The Commission consideres that whereas some of the issues raised in its last Recommendation of 27 July 2016 have been addressed, important issues remain unresolved, and new concerns have arisen in the meantime
The constitutional crisis in Poland 2015-2016 – report by Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Details of the course of events and the stages of the Constitutional Tribunal capture crisis, supported by contemporaneous press releases, opinions, expert analyses, quoted statements of politicians. Report also includes reactions of Polish and supranational bodies and institutions. In conclusion, the crisis is assessed as violating the principles of the separation of powers and the rule of law.
1st European Commission recommendation on the rule of law in Poland
On 27 July 2016 European Commission adopted a Rule of Law Recommendation on the situation in Poland, setting out the Commission’s concerns and recommending how these can be addressed. The Commission believes that there is a systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland
An appeal to the presidential candidates for changes in Polish law allowing to combat homophobic hate crimes
The Chamber of Extraordinary Verification repeals the resolution of the National Council of the Judiciary, citing EU law
The suspended Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court is to decide on the immunity of judges on 9 June. The Commissioner for Human Rights writes to the First President of the Supreme Court and to the Prime Minister
Former CT judge Prof. Wyrzykowski: The presidential elections in Poland will be held under the pretence of legality
“Boorish rabble!”: Kaczyński insulted the opposition parties in the Sejm