Martin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek win against Joanna Lichocka. Court discontinues SLAPP proceedings

Martin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek win against Joanna Lichocka. Court discontinues SLAPP proceedings

08.02.2024

Another failed attempt by a Law and Justice (PiS) activist to intimidate citizens. On 21 November 2023, the Warszawa-Śródmieście District Court discontinued the lawsuit that Law and Justice (PiS) MP Joanna Lichocka brought against our Foundation colleagues Bartosz Kramek and Martin Mycielski for billboards showing her extending a middle finger. In its reasoning, the court […]

Bugged hotels. Public Prosecution launches investigation. Brudziński and Wąsik involved

Bugged hotels. Public Prosecution launches investigation. Brudziński and Wąsik involved

03.02.2024

The Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into unlawful surveillance in hotels of the Polish Hotel Holding and the passing of information by the President of PHH to a Law and Justice (PiS) MP about a meeting of opposition politicians in one of the hotels managed by the said holding company. “I was in such […]

Opposition in bugged hotel. New investigation launched involving Maciej Wąsik

Opposition in bugged hotel. New investigation launched involving Maciej Wąsik

03.02.2024

Unlawful surveillance at the hotels of Polish Hotel Holding (PHH) is being investigated. According to reports by Gazeta Wyborcza, the president of PHH allegedly passed information to Joachim Brudziński, a Law and Justice MP, about a meeting of politicians of the then-opposition in one of the hotels managed by the holding. The name of Maciej […]

Wąsik in trouble? Court doesn’t buy arguments

Wąsik in trouble? Court doesn’t buy arguments

01.02.2024

On 23 February 2024, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw will announce the final judgment in the case of Maciej Wąsik, who has been sued by the Open Dialogue Foundation. Wirtualna Polska has read the statement of reasons for the judgement of the court of first instance in this case and learnt that the court […]

More trouble for Maciej Wąsik? New judgement coming

More trouble for Maciej Wąsik? New judgement coming

30.01.2024

“At the previous hearing, Wąsik’s attorney submitted evidentiary motions. However, the court has now decided that they do not contribute anything to the case and has decided to disregard them,” said Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialogue Foundation, reporting on the hearing against Maciej Wąsik. Another judgement against the Law and Justice politician is due […]

Ziobro’s prosecutor shares secret case file with Patryk Jaki’s lawyer

Ziobro’s prosecutor shares secret case file with Patryk Jaki’s lawyer

25.01.2024

Throughout most of the proceedings, Ziobro’s trusted prosecutor refused to make case files available to suspect Bartosz Kramek. Meanwhile, Patryk Jaki’s lawyer — Ziobro’s party colleague — had easy accessed them. However, according to lawyers, he should not have had them at all, as he was not a party to the case. In 2019, Patryk […]

Unprecedented court order to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s Polish entry ban

Unprecedented court order to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s Polish entry ban

25.01.2024

In an unprecedented manner, the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw ordered the Head of the Office for Foreigners to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s entry ban as unjustified. There is no record of Polish courts ever ordering the Head to remove an entry ban. The verdict dated 28 November 2023 was delivered to us on 18 December […]

The House of Cards Poland: The aftermath of the parliamentary elections on the rule of law

The House of Cards Poland: The aftermath of the parliamentary elections on the rule of law

17.01.2024

1. How did the parliamentary elections pan out? Following the parliamentary elections in October 2023, the political situation in Poland has changed substantially. According to the final count by the National Electoral Commission, turnout reached a record-setting 74.4%. In the lower house, the Sejm, the opposition, secured 248 seats, compared to the Law and Justice […]

Lyudmyla Kozlovska regains right to stay in Poland after six years

Lyudmyla Kozlovska regains right to stay in Poland after six years

05.01.2024

The Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw has ordered the Office for Foreigners to remove the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, from the register of foreigners whose residence on the territory of Poland is undesirable. “From our point of view, this is a precedent-setting ruling. For the first time, the court has not […]

PAC: Lyudmyla Kozlovska no longer an undesirable

PAC: Lyudmyla Kozlovska no longer an undesirable

04.01.2024

After almost six years of legal battles, the Provincial Administrative Court (PAC) ordered that the pro-democracy activist and President of the Open Dialogue Foundation be removed from the list of people not allowed into Poland. Services subordinate to the Law and Justice party considered her a threat to Poland after ODF objected to the politicisation […]

MP Lichocka’s famous gesture. Court discontinues proceedings

MP Lichocka’s famous gesture. Court discontinues proceedings

22.11.2023

The Warsaw-Śródmieście District Court discontinued criminal proceedings against the authors of a billboard campaign that used the image of Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka. The high-profile case concerns a billboard campaign in Poland featuring a photo of Joanna Lichocka allegedly showing her middle finger in the Sejm during a vote on the allocation of […]

Joanna Lichocka’s middle finger on billboards. Criminal lawsuit discontinued

Joanna Lichocka’s middle finger on billboards. Criminal lawsuit discontinued

22.11.2023

The Warszawa-Śródmieście District Court has closed the criminal lawsuit that Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka filed against activists Marcin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek in relation to billboards showing an extended middle finger. Marcin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek (Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski) prepared a poster reminding us that Joanna Lichocka showed the opposition MPs the middle […]

Lichocka loses billboard gesture case

Lichocka loses billboard gesture case

22.11.2023

The Law and Justice (PiS) MP Joanna Lichocka demanded punishment for the initiators of a poster campaign with a photo of her showing the opposition in the Sejm her middle finger. The court has just dropped the case. It ruled that there was no defamation of the MP. It was “acceptable criticism”. Martin Mycielski, Vice-President […]

Entrepreneurs, you are not powerless. You have a vote!

Entrepreneurs, you are not powerless. You have a vote!

13.10.2023

The Law and Justice (PiS) Party and Ziobro arm themselves to strike fear into entrepreneurs; to strike them not with a stick, but with a truncheon. Michał Romanowski – Professor of commercial law, Warsaw University. Attorney-at-Law at the Romanowski i Wspólnicy Law Office. In a recent interview with Forbes, Arkadiusz Muś, one of Poland’s most […]

How much the PiS government knows about us and what it can do to us. It has the most sensitive, intimate data

How much the PiS government knows about us and what it can do to us. It has the most sensitive, intimate data

14.08.2023

In April, we learned that the PiS authorities do not hesitate to force private entities into operational cooperation. Gazeta Wyborcza, based on a notarised statement by Robert Z., a whistleblower who was the security manager at the Polish Hotel Holding while also an employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, writes that Robert […]

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