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Poland: Writer indicted over ‘public insult of the President’ in a social media post

16 April 2021
Image: Writer Jakub Żulczyk / Credits: Zuza Krajewska, Courtesy of Jakub Żulczyk

 

March 2021: Polish District Prosecutor’s office in Warsaw indicted writer Jakub Żulczyk, accusing him of “public insult” of President Andrzej Duda in a social media post, reported The Guardian.

The social media post in question was published on Facebook on 7 November 2020 and ended with the words “Joe Biden is the 46th president of the USA,” adding, “Duda is a moron”.

Andrzej Duda, prezydent Polski, napisał na Twitterze, że czeka na nominację Joe Bidena, prezydenta-elekta USA, przez…

Posted by Jakub Żulczyk on Saturday, 7 November 2020

 

Insulting the President of Poland in public is regulated by Article 135 of the Polish Penal Code. If convicted, Żulczyk faces prison for up to three years.

Żulczyk is a prominent Polish writer whose novel, published in 2014 Blinded by the Lights, was made into an HBO TV series.

According to Freemuse’s State of Artistic Freedom 2021, out of 107 artists prosecuted in 2020, five were prosecuted in Poland.

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