Urgent Action: Journalist Facing Charges For Exposé Book (Poland: UA 196.17)

November 9, 2017

Investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek is facing criminal charges for a book he published in June, alleging a link between the Defence Minister and the Russian intelligence services. If found guilty he could face up to 3 years in prison.


Tomasz Piątek, an investigative journalist for Gazeta Wyborcza, could face criminal prosecution for his exposé book, “Macierewicz and his secrets” (Macierewicz i jego tajemnice), in which he makes allegations of purported links between Antoni Macierewicz, Poland’s Minister of Defence and the Russian intelligence services.

Write a letter; send an email; fax or tweet:

  • Immediately drop the case against Tomasz Piątek and not pursue any criminal charges if they relate solely to his book or peaceful work as an investigative journalist;
  • Fully respect the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Poland, which involves ensuring human rights defenders and journalists can carry out their legitimate activities free of harassment and without fear of reprisals.

Contact these two officials by 21 December 2017:

Minister of Justice Prosecutor General
Zbigniew Ziobro
Prokuratura Krajowa
ul Rakowiecka 26/30
02-528 Warszawa
Twitter: @ZiobroPL
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, Embassy of the Republic of Poland
2640 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 1 202 499 1700 I Fax: 1 202 328 6271
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @AmbWilczek
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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