Posted by: euromediablog | October 19, 2009

Wiretapping Journalists in Poland

A serious blow to the anti corruption aspirations of the newly reformed government of Polish President Tusk took place on Saturday,  as a complicated  wiretapping operation, involving intelligence agents and journalists became public. It turned out that Polish intelligence has been bugging the journalists for more than 2 years already, recording not only their professional but also private conversations.

Such a disclosure will definetely have a  negative impact on the polish journalism as a whole, with the confidential relation between journalists and informants being massively obstructed. Because of the wiretapping danger, many informants will from now on only reluctantly, if at all,  confide secret information to the journalists.

Donald Tusk has just fired the Head of the Anti-Corruption-Agency signalling a strong will to fight against misuse of power and support for an independent journalism system. The image of his government, however, will need a lot more than that to recover.

For further information: nzz

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