The President promotes Ziobro’s ministerial colleagues wholesale. A deputy minister went all the way to the Supreme Administrative Court

President Andrzej Duda has given a high promotion to Deputy Minister of Justice Anna Dalkowska. The President also promoted 58 people to Poland’s largest court, including Ziobro’s nominees and associates, as well as spouses and partners of the ‘good change’ judges

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First president of the Supreme Court tries to remove judges who approached the CJEU

First President of the Supreme Court Malgorzata Manowska is attempting to remove four ‘old’ judges from cases in which questions were asked of the CJEU. ‘The groundless request is a pretext for eliminating me from the case,’ believes Judge Krzysztof Rączka.

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The amendment to the Act on the Supreme Court contains dangerous solutions

President Andrzej Duda wants to ensure he has the right to appoint commissioners to temporarily take over the ‘old’ chambers of the Supreme Court. And that the first president will be able to appoint the benches in cases initiated by her.

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President Duda wants new ‘commissioners’ in the Supreme Court. To withdraw the question requiring a preliminary ruling of the CJEU

President Andrzej Duda has submitted a bill on the Supreme Court to the Sejm that would give him the right to introduce his ‘commissioners’, acting presidents, to the old chambers of the Supreme Court. Lawyers are concerned that this could be a way of blocking an important matter in the CJEU regarding the legality of the appointment of new Supreme Court judges.

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Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation threaten human rights and democracy. The EU must act

“The problem of SLAPPs against journalists, activists, and human rights defenders must be addressed on the EU level. Legislative action is needed. The EU anti-SLAPP Directive and Council of Europe Recommendations are fundamental to raise awareness about SLAPPs dangers and to lead to a change ” – argue lawyers and researchers of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

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Orbán wants to further restrict the independent media. Hungary is a warning to Poland

Fidesz’s media empire keeps pushing the message that the entire opposition and the mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácsony are “rooting for coronavirus”, naming them as “the coalition of the death” – Edit Zgut on the media landscape and its prospects in Hungary

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TVP received PLN 5.9 bn of state aid in 4 years. In addition, hundreds of millions from state-owned companies and institutions

Polish national television, Telewizja Polska, mocks the media protest against taxing advertising. It does not have to worry about the new levy itself – the majority of its revenue is state aid. It has received PLN 5.9 billion since 2016. Added to that, hundreds of millions from orders from state institutions and advertisements from state-owned companies

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First president of the Supreme Court tries to remove judges who approached the CJEU

The First President of the Supreme Court Malgorzata Manowska is attempting to remove four ‘old’ judges from cases in which questions were asked of the CJEU. ‘The groundless request is a pretext for eliminating me from the case,’ believes Judge Krzysztof Rączka.

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Will Judge Igor Tulea be apprehended by force? 

Judge Tuleya will not come to the National Prosecutor’s Office for questioning for the second time. However, the Prosecutor’s Office is announcing that it will conduct ‘activities’ with respect to the judge. This means at least that he will be apprehended and brought to the prosecutor’s office by the police.

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Media in Poland protest against the planned ‘advertising tax’. This means bankruptcy for many media and limits to pluralism

‘Advertising ‘contributions’ will mean the weakening or even liquidation of some media operating in Poland,’ write media publishers in Poland in a letter to the authorities. The government wants to introduce a new levy under the pretext of fighting the Covid pandemic.

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