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Polish PM to sue "Gazeta Wyborcza"

21.05.2019, 14:43
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his wife are going to sue the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily due to a journalistic investigation revealing details of acquisition by Morawiecki in 2002 of a land property for an amount five times lower than its market value, as to “Evropeyska Pravda”, citing a Polish edition “Money.pl”. "The press has right to cover the lives of public figures, but they have to do it thoroughly. “Gazeta Wyborcza” fails to perform its duty. As the text of the editor of Harlukovych infringes the rights of the PM and his wife, they decided to bring the case to court demanding to refute lies and manipulation," as the press service of the Polish government said. On May 20th, “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily published an investigation saying that in 2002, the actual PM, being at that time a member of WBK bank management had bought a land property around Wroclaw at a price much lower than its market value. As to the journalists, Morowiecki failed to put this property in his tax declarations, and while the journalists asked him about it, the PM was not precise enough. The government claimed that replying to “Gazeta Wyborcza” inquiry, they said that such was the price of the land in the district where the actual PM acquired his lot. It was added that one should take into account the investment made for land amelioration. Despite this, the newspaper reported that Morawiecki had paid five times less for this lot worth of 4 million zlotys. Today the edition estimated the land at 70 million zlotys ($18 000 000). “Gazeta Wyborcza” rejected accusations of lying and claimed they could provide all copies of documents to confirm the facts cited in the investigation were true.
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