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Fakt - Poland | 19/03/2015

Suit and tie suits John Paul II

The Polish Centre for Thought of John Paul II started an advertising campaign on Monday with images of the former pope dressed in a suit and looking as if he were running for president. The TV journalist Monika Olejnik praises the poster in a commentary for the conservative tabloid Fakt: "John Paul II is no different in this campaign from the pope he was in the past. There would only be cause for controversy if he were wearing a Dolce & Gabbana suit. But he's not. Nor do I have the impression that this image has offended anyone. He seems to be standing on a pedestal. And what's so bad about that? The people who created the image were no doubt trying to ask if we bring his teachings to bear in our daily lives. In that case I prefer an image like this to the ugly memorials you see so often in Poland."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 22/12/2009

Anti-award for journalist unmerited

Wojciech Cieśla, editor of the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, has been awarded an anti-award entitled "Vulture of the Year" by the Polish Journalists' Association for a poorly-researched interview that was part of a report on a politician who Cieśla accused of having illegal funds in tax havens. Journalist Monika Olejnik criticises the anti-award in Cieśla's paper: "I simply can't understand what could have moved the Polish Journalists' Association. It has given its anti-award to a journalist who was misled and who then publicly apologised for what he'd written. This prize is normally given to people who violate the profession's code of ethics. The fact is that sometimes situations arise which are very difficult to read, the outcome of which one simply can't foretell. If it then turns out that the material fails to hold water, the journalist has no option but to apologise."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 09/07/2008

Changing Polish-American relations

In light of the negotiations on the planned missile defence shield, journalist Monika Olejnik reflects on the changing relations between Poland and the United States: "For us, America is no longer a promised land, and the dollar is no longer a god. We are in the EU and that gives us the strength we lacked just ten years ago. Today our strength is Europe, and America should understand once and for all that that entitles us to respect. Today Poland is a spokesperson among the countries of Eastern European, and we show the way forward. The Polish president struggled for the enlargement of the Union to the east. The Americans do not seem to have noticed that things have changed in recent years. Barack Obama still counts the UK, France and Germany as his most important allies in Europe, and forgets about Poland. There were times when the Poles might have seen that as a tragedy, but today we tend to consider it a lapse, because we have shed our complexes. We know who we are, what we have achieved, and we know our history. ... It is high time the Americans understood that they no longer play the leading role in Polish hearts."

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