The Polish government is firing journalists critical of the state and tightening laws governing media. Private newspapers and broadcasters are also feeling the heat.
Speaker Marek Kuchcinski will step down Friday after it emerged that he used government planes for private trips. The scandal has consumed Polish politics and couldn't have come at a worse time for the ruling PiS party.
The president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wants a more objective debate about the rule of law in Europe. But that doesn't mean she'll cozy up to the populists, says DW's Rosalia Romaniec.
Her husband was assassinated as mayor of Gdansk. Now Magdalena Adamowicz, a newly elected member of the European Parliament, has taken up the fight against hate speech that threatens both public discourse and lives.
Restricted press freedom is not just a problem in countries led by autocrats. That freedom is also under threat in ever more democracies, thus endangering their very core, says DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
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