Photo of Warsaw protest credit: Jedrzej Nowicki

Poland: MFRR condemns police violence against journalists amidst Warsaw clashes

IPI, as part of the MFRR, condemns the violence against journalists and media workers by police officers during protests in Warsaw

The International Press Institute (IPI) strongly condemned police violence against photojournalists reporting on clashes in the Polish capital Warsaw. The violence led to numerous injuries and the hospitalization of a 74-year-old photographer who was shot in the face with a rubber bullet.

In each of the attacks the journalists in question had either been wearing “PRESS” signs or were otherwise clearly identifiable as members of the media. The incidents happened on November 11, 2020 as media covered violent clashes between police and members of far-right and nationalist groups during the annual Independence Day march through the capital.

Photo credit: Jedrzej Nowicki