Poland: RSF decries criminal libel proceedings against Polish daily

first_img Follow the news on Poland RSF_en News The head of the Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski/ AFP News Gazeta Wyborcza has been publishing reports for the past several weeks about Kaczynski’s alleged involvement in facilitating the high-rise project, about which the newspaper has raised many questions. The Polish media are now referring to the proposed skyscraper as the “K-Tower” – K for Kaczynski. With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Polish ruling party leader JaroslawKaczynski’s request for the highly respected Warsaw daily Gazeta Wyborcza to beprosecuted for criminal libel because it has been raising questions about his involvement inplans to build a luxury skyscraper in Warsaw. Kaczynski has asked prosecutors to initiate proceedings against the newspaper underarticle 212 of Poland’s penal code, under which journalists can be imprisoned fordefamation. The use of this article is clearly designed to silence media criticism, RSF said. Help by sharing this information Poland has been falling steadily in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index in recent years and is now ranked 58th out of 180 countries. PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment After turning the public media into propaganda tools, the Polish government is trying to silence critical independent media. In a press release in December, RSF condemned an increase in prosecutions of journalists and called on the authorities to stop harassing the media. PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment “Jaroslaw Kaczynski tried to intimidate the newspaper’s journalists when they raised questions about him and, after their refusal to submit, he decided to use the justice system that he has controlled ever since reforming it. We support Gazeta Wyborcza and we call on Kaczynski to abandon these authoritarian methods.” Kaczynski, who heads the ruling Law and Justice party, repeatedly refuse to answer Gazeta Wyborcza’s questions about the project and instead threatened legal action if it did not issue an apology and take down the articles from its website. After the newspaper failed to comply, he asked the public prosecutor to initiate criminal libel proceedings on 20 February. January 28, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News February 22, 2019 – Updated on February 23, 2019 Poland: RSF decries criminal libel proceedings against Polish daily “We firmly condemn this abusive prosecution of an independent media outlet that has been the victim of various forms of harassment ever since the Law and Justice party was elected three years ago,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Receive email alertslast_img read more

Karnataka HC Extends Interim Relief To PG Doctors Till Nov 23

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Extends Interim Relief To PG Doctors Till Nov 23 Mustafa Plumber11 Nov 2020 8:53 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday extended till November 23, the interim relief granted earlier directing state government not to insist the appellants before the court (281 PG Doctors) should join their respective places for purpose of carrying out compulsory Urban service in terms of section 4 of the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday extended till November 23, the interim relief granted earlier directing state government not to insist the appellants before the court (281 PG Doctors) should join their respective places for purpose of carrying out compulsory Urban service in terms of section 4 of the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act 2012(KCS Act). A division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice N S Sanjay Gowda extended the relief after a request was made by the government counsel to take up the matter for hearing on November 18, as the Advocate General is to appear in the matter and address the court. The bench allowed the request and posted the matter for hearing on November 23, till then the interim relief is to continue. The doctors have challenged the compulsory One year Urban service rule for Postgraduate Doctors who had taken admission through Management and NRI quota. The doctors are also challenging an order dated August 30, 2019, by which the court had upheld the constitutional validity of section 4 of the KCS Act. The appellants have claimed that they have no issue serving under the Disaster Management Act, dehors the KCS act. The bench had earlier raised a preliminary objection to the maintainability of the appeal holding that as per the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act 2012, a candidate includes all students belonging to all quota. It had said “What is so superior to the management quota that you cannot do service for one year in the state. The service you will do is not for gratis, they will pay you.” Advocate Akkamahadevi Hiremath, appearing for the appellants had argued that when they had taken admission in the private colleges, the Act was stayed by an order passed by the court. Moreover, the brochures issued by the private colleges also did not mention this rule of doing the compulsory service for students admitted under the management quota or NRI student’s. She even mentioned that the students have paid lakhs and crores of rupees for their education and since they have not received any benefit from the state government the dictum of ‘quid pro quo’ would not be applicable in their case.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more