”Spontaneous protests are an organised attempt to overthrow the government, NGOs are agents of organised influences, and Western Europe is degenerated and culturally alien” – similar rhetoric, in the opinion of the author of the article which was published on 1 August 2017 in Krytyka Polityczna, brings the ones in power and the media subordinated to them to Putin’s Russia. They are now targeting the Open Dialogue Foundation.
The attack of the media dominated by the governing party on ODF started soon after the Chair of the Foundation’s Council Bartosz Kramek published in the social network a note in which he supported the protests going on in Poland for several weeks and was wondering how the experience of the Ukrainian EuroMajdan could be used in the struggle for free courts and the defence of the Constitution. ”The media close to the Law and Justice party (PiS) presented that as a “scenario for a rebellion”, allegedly pursued by the protesters against the draft reforms of the judiciary in the streets” – we read on the pages of Krytyka Polityczna.
The Open Dialogue Foundation is only one of the many NGO’s which, taking a clear position on the protests, have become a victim of the propaganda intended to subordinate the third sector to the government. ”The Open Dialogue Foundation and Akcja Demokracja, amongst others, have been targeted by the pro-government media. The ”Wiadomości” news devoted to the latter another insinuating material with arrows which were to prove, above all, that the organisation is financed mainly from foreign sources. Which is no secret. TVP insinuated too that Akcja’ staff ”live on no one knows what” – even though, as Oko.press noted – their pays can be found on the organisation’s website” – the author of the article writes.
- Bartosz Kramek for Radio Zet: “Concession is something we have never concealed”
- TVN24 about the attack on ODF ”We have already got used to tapped telephones”
- Wirtualna Polska about the media and government’s smear campaign against ODF. Kramek: “This is a politically motivated beginning of repressions”
- ‘We are here to defend democracy’ – Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek in an interview for Gazeta Wyborcza
- Onet: The Government does not want an Open Dialog
- “We see the Ministry’s call as censorship” – Bartosz Kramek comments on the Ministry’s letter
- Polsat News covers the speech of Bartosz Kramek at OSCE/ODIHR HDIM 2017 side event
- Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 21 July 2017 on the dismantling of the rule of law in Poland
- Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 23 July 2017
- The statement of the decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 24 July 2017 regarding the judiciary reform
- The Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 31 July 2017 (funding and donors, or a few words about ‘soroses’)