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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TV broadcast of Smolensk film divides Poland

The Polish state television broadcaster TVP has decided to broadcast the controversial documentary film Anatomia Upadku about the Smolensk disaster before the anniversary of the plane crash on April 10. The film by the nationalist conservative journalist Anita Gargas suggests that the plane was shot down. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza is against the film being aired: "This decision is completely incomprehensible. Worse: it is even harmful. Because how can you commemorate this day with a film that denies the catastrophe? Gargas's documentary doesn't present any 'opposing points of view' as TVP demands. It is merely a collection of propagandistic nonsense that surmises that an attack was behind the Smolensk crash. ... Such lies pose a real threat, because they polarise society and divide it into good patriots and bad Poles. TVP should place importance on correct journalistic practice. Why is it now going along with something like this?"

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