The Disturbing Campaign Against Poland’s Judges
Democracy depends on the rule of law. But the leading party treats the Polish judiciary as a mere obstacle to power.
In Poland, the Ministry of Justice is attacking Polish judges with every means at its disposal: covert trolling, open advertising, financial audits, photoshopped pictures. It may be a harbinger of things to come elsewhere...
'President Duda chose a beer hall as the venue to use the language of ethnic cleansing and pogroms: “We must cleanse our Polish home,” he said, speaking of the judges he wants to eliminate, “so that it will be clean, orderly, and beautiful.”'
Terrific piece by
about unconstitutional assault on judges by Law & Justice (sic!) masquerading as judicial reform. Totally accurate, up to date, brilliantly written. The Disturbing Campaign Against Poland's Judges - The Atlantic
"An old-fashioned form of black humor—think how much reading we will all get done in prison!—is now part of Polish kitchen-table conversations and political chitchat, just like it was when I first came to Warsaw, in the 1980s."
Excellent piece by
explaining clearly why the attacks on judges in #Poland are so threatening to #democracy
I wrote about this campaign here. This story is not unique to Poland...
"If senior figures in the Ministry of Justice, people whose salaries are paid by taxpayers, were willing to organize covert intimidation campaigns against judges, then what else might they be capable of? We may be about to find out." By
"A functioning democracy requires, at a minimum, the rule of law. If senior figures in the Ministry of Justice organize covert intimidation campaigns against judges, then what else might they be capable of?"