A story of two brothers: Poland, politics and the press

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Published on October 12, 2019 by

The most famous brothers in Poland were Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski of the Law and Justice Party – twins who later became prime ministers and presidents.

The death of Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in 2010, along with 95 people from the elites of the country, caused a political shock. One of them was the very public murder of Pawel Adamowicz, the long-time mayor of the Polish coastal town of Gdansk, in January this year.

The murder of Adamowicz, who was repeatedly stabbed to death at a charity event in front of thousands of spectators, took place in Polish politics at an increasingly ugly and tense time and the rhetoric reached fever.

Adamowicz was popular in Gdansk after winning another election. He was also the subject of an investigation of his personal finances and became for some a symbol of corruption and elitism. According to the widow of the mayor, this perception was strengthened by the public broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP).

She blames it for influencing the mentally unstable man who killed Adamowicz: “The behavior of this man – who was in jail and indoctrinated by the TV regime – was the result of hatred that had been sown.”

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