Leading Polish liberal newspaper prepares blacklist of conservatives to be sacked

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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As Poland’s new parliamentary majority prepares to take power, its supporters are publicly declaring their intention to purge the public sector of anyone who is suspected of supporting the outgoing Law and Justice (PiS) government.

The most prominent anti-government newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, has published a list of officials in Poland’s northern Warmia Masuria region, whom it believes should be fired because “they had worked with or been appointed by the PiS government.”

The newspaper claims that “with the democratic opposition now taking over we need major personnel changes, with the removal from work of people who were PiS propagandists and not public servants.” 

The list published last week includes people employed in the public media, the Polish Mail service, and other public bodies. 

Gazeta Wyborcza encouraged its readers to report to the paper any conservatives it had failed to include who should lose their jobs, and the paper later revealed it had received multiple calls and suggestions as to additional names to be included on the blacklist. 

The list does not include any actual allegations of transgressions, they are all simply tarred with the “PiS’ brush,” with information such as the individual having been a friend of a senior PiS figure or that they stood for PiS in elections.  

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