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Polish journalist charged with insulting Belarusian President


delphiandomine 83 | 17,732
31 Mar 2011 #1
A correspondent for the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza has been charged with insulting Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko.

The current charges are based on ten articles published in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, later disseminated through a Belarusian dissident website.


Sad. Insulting the President should be a national right, as it is in most countries.
antheads 13 | 344
31 Mar 2011 #2
There are currently big tensions between Poland and Belarus. Plus Lukashenko is a nice little dictator. Last time he was talking about moje polaki referring to the large polish diasopra in Belarus who are being discriminated against. The Polish Goverment should really give citizentship to these people.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
31 Mar 2011 #3
The Polish Goverment should really give citizentship to these people.

But that would play right into the hands of this nasty little tin pot man of steel.....
These "ethnicaly" Polish people who live in so called belrussia presumably live in,well, what was Poland,so uprooting them and re settling them in Polands post 45 borders is something that ,if it had to be done should have been done then. As I say,to do it now is to be complicit in a form of Ethnic cleansing. Belrussia,or the territory it now covers has always been a melting pot and cross roads ,fine,play along with this guy and declare it not only juden frei but Polen frei etc etc....
Misia - | 31
31 Mar 2011 #4
That's ridiculous. Are there no freedom of speech laws in Belarus?

Sounds very 1984.
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Mar 2011 #5
Guessing this is what delph was waiting for, I'll get it in before he does. Poland has the same laws.
antheads 13 | 344
31 Mar 2011 #6
Anyone who's grandparents or parents were born in Poland is eligible for a polish passport.

Don't you think the same right can be afforded whose parents were born in territory that was formerly poland, and who identify as polish?

How is this ethnic cleansing. Poland allows dual-citizenship, the poles in belarus should have a choice, at the very least it would allow polish individuals in belarus to work in the EU and send the earnings back home..
Misia - | 31
1 Apr 2011 #7
Guessing this is what delph was waiting for, I'll get it in before he does. Poland has the same laws.

Seriously? Interesting, and E.U. allows this?

I guess, when you look at it, everything goes down to who has control over the media. In North America private companies own and control the media, and control what information is released to the public. No one has a lot of freedom anywhere (unless you're an extremely wealthy and powerful individual) . :-) As much as many ordinary people want to believe that we do, we really don't.

That's why we need sites like wikileaks or zerohedge - to make people aware of what's really going on. One has to look for that information, it doesn't come in your daily paper.
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Apr 2011 #8
Seriously? Interesting, and E.U. allows this?

Yup, a couple of countries have the same laws.

Regarding the rest of the post, most people are too lazy to seek out objective information. Laws restricting freedom of expression towards certain members of society end up creating an environment in which more and more speech is restricted for the "common good".
OP delphiandomine 83 | 17,732
1 Apr 2011 #9
Guessing this is what delph was waiting for, I'll get it in before he does. Poland has the same laws.

Indeed. And it was used against some homeless man, if I recall rightly - for insulting Lech Kaczynski.

Here we go

Poland is searching for a 31-year-old homeless man after he failed to appear in court to answer a charge of insulting President Lech Kaczynski.

The man is accused of slandering Mr Kaczynski during a drunken outburst as police were questioning him at Warsaw's main train station last winter.

In Poland it is a crime to insult the head of state.

If convicted, the accused could face a maximum three-year sentence. He is believed to be in southern Poland.

news.bbc

In regards to Poles being dual citizens - as I recall, Brussels placed considerable pressure on Poland not to grant Polish citizenship to those stuck in the former USSR. As a result, they can only get the "Karta Polaka" - not full citizenship.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
1 Apr 2011 #10
Indeed. And it was used against some homeless man, if I recall rightly - for insulting Lech Kaczynski.

If this is the story i am thinking of......

The guy was spoken to by the Policja , and told he should respect the presidents office , with this he let out a resounding fart and was arrested....

He failed to appear at court and a warrant was issued for his arrest....

They even had interpol looking for the farting pole....!

If he gets a fine i reckon we all ought to have a whip round and pay it for him....111

Here is a link to the story of the farting Pole...

made me laugh....

techsans.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2240&mode=threaded&pid=42218
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
1 Apr 2011 #11
Sounds very 1984.

Have you actually heard of Belarus?

How is this ethnic cleansing.

Its ethnic cleansing 101," allowing" troublesome minorities to leave the country while keeping a tight control on the rest of the population.

Interesting, and E.U. allows this?

What the hell has the EU got to do with a Stalinist dictatorship aligned to Russia?
Misia - | 31
1 Apr 2011 #12
What the hell has the EU got to do with a Stalinist dictatorship aligned to Russia?

Sorry, but I think you've taken this out of context, I was only replying to Convex's comment:

Guessing this is what delph was waiting for, I'll get it in before he does. Poland has the same laws.

Daisy 3 | 1,227
1 Apr 2011 #13
Here is a link to the story of the farting Pole...

Police hunt farting dissident

Police in Poland have launched a nationwide hunt for a man who farted loudly when asked what he thought of the president.

Instead the court ordered the police to start a nationwide hunt for the man, and interpol have been alerted.

I suppose the police will be using sniffer dogs to find him
wildrover 98 | 4,451
1 Apr 2011 #14
Ha..poor dogs....

They should have just given him a warning....i am sure there are more serious crimes to pursue....
southern 75 | 7,096
1 Apr 2011 #15
The Belarussians I have talked to share a hatred for the Poles for some reason.They call Poles chytry and put them in the same category as Ukrainians who they describe as crooks.They are fond of Russians though who they regard brothers.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
2 Apr 2011 #16
The Belarussians I have talked to share a hatred for the Poles

And how many have you talked to...? thousands...or just one or two...?


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