A free speech win in Warsaw

Uni Sydney academic Wojciech Sadurski has won a drawn-out court case in Poland 

Last year the Challis Professor of Jurisprudence tweeted that the governing Law and Justice Party, is “an organised criminal group.”  (CMM December 4,5 2019). The party sued, for an apology but a Warsaw court has found the tweet was an expression of opinion.

There is more to this than a tweet, Professor Sadurski’s book Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (OUP, 2019) argues, “by undermining the separation of powers, the ruling party concentrates all power in one hand, thus rendering any democratic accountability illusory.”

Both the Australian Association of University Professors and Uni Sydney spoke up for Professor Sadurski last year.