The Chancellery of the Prime Minister responded to the appeal of the Ordo Iuris Institute and Polish Journalist Association on fighting censorship on the Internet. The petition and report on this issue were submitted to the Chancellery in January this year. The Government has pledged to take steps to introduce relevant regulations that would limit the censoring of content by social media platforms.
“The freedom of expression is fundamental to democratic Poland,” stresses the Chancellery.
The response was also critical of censorship practices in social media.
“We are saddened by and object to the endeavours of international corporations to limit freedom on the Internet,” claims the Chancellery.
The Chancellery has also promised that the Council of Ministers would take actions to introduce regulations governing the functioning of social networks.
“We will introduce relevant regulations in Poland, similar to the ones that already exist in France or Germany. We will also propose making such instruments mandatory across the European Union,” stated the Chancellery.
The European Commission intends to take action against freedom of speech. The EC initiative would incorporate the so-called ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate crimes’ in the catalogue of ‘EU crimes’. This means that they would be included in Article 83 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and, in this way, behaviours covered by these terms would be inevitably considered crimes by all EU Member States.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has published its annual report, which shows that the number of religious hate crimes continues to increase. Christians are their target in all of the OSCE member states. It is shaped, amongst others, by the political and media marginalisation of this social group or presenting its detrimental image.
There are ongoing proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights against Poland, initiated by an application from a woman who was refused an abortion by Doctor Bogdan Chazan.
Ordo Iuris lawyers have taken legal action against the film director Agnieszka Holland and the leftist MP Anna Maria Żukowska. They have publicly slandered the Institute, claiming its actions are “fascist”.