Journalist faces prison for refusing to reveal sources

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further News News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU September 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist faces prison for refusing to reveal sources “Maciej Mikolajczyk has been unable to work for the past few months because his hard disk has been put under seal.. at his own home! We are extremely concerned about the situation, because despite our intervention with the Polish justice system at the beginning of August and the help of the Polish state mediator, the situation has only worsened,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Mikolajczyk has appealed against the ruling by the prosecutor’s office. With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Organisation PolandEurope – Central Asia RSF_en center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News PolandEurope – Central Asia Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemned a ruling by the Warsaw prosecutor’s office ordering investigative journalist Maciej Mikolajczyk of satirical weekly Nie, to hand over his computer hard disk to the courts by 5 September or face from three months to five years in prison. The ruling was “absurd” and contrary to the principle of protection of sources, it said. May 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemned an order made against investigative journalist Maciej Mikolajczyk, of the satirical weekly Nie, to hand over his computer hard disk to the courts by 5 September.Mikolajczyk was summoned to the Warsaw prosecutor’s office on 31 August 2005 and told by prosecutor Beata Kaszewska to produce the disk or risk a prison sentence of three months to five years, under Article 239.1 of the Polish criminal code.The disk is wanted in connection with a judicial investigation into a complaint by European Member of Parliament Bogdan Golik, of the Polish people’s party Samoobrona, for violation of confidentiality of correspondence between him and a journalist on local weekly newspaper Panorama Leszczynska, Rafal Makowski. Mikolajczyk disclosed the contents of the letters in an article carried by Nie in December 2004 that suggested that Golik was regularly paying Rafal Makowski to write favourable articles about him.”This case is full of things to object to: first of all the principle since we strongly defend the right to protect journalistic sources, but in addition to this the situation is alarmingly absurd,” said Reporters Without Borders.Police went to the journalist’s home on 30 June 2005 and, citing a 23 June ruling by Prosecutor Kaszewska, ordered Mikolajczyk to give them his computer hard disk. When he refused, police put the disk into cardboard box that they sealed and left there.Since the disk contained information and unpublished material including the Nie correspondent’s contacts, Mikolajczyk has been deprived of the means to continue his journalistic work. Follow the news on Poland January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Committee to study regulating paralegals

first_imgCommittee to study regulating paralegals August 15, 2005 Regular News Committee to study regulating paralegals The Bar’s review is being undertaken at the legislature’s request Bar President Alan Bookman has appointed a 21-member committee to study a legislative request on the regulation of paralegals.Two bills were filed in the legislature earlier this year calling for such regulation, but after discussion with the Bar, neither was heard. But the bill backers, and two other lawmakers, wrote the Bar and asked it to look into the matter and warned if the Bar doesn’t act the legislature may in the 2006 session.Bookman noted that legislators had originally asked for the Bar to make a recommendation by this fall, but that isn’t enough time.“I’m asking this committee to try to come up with a proposal by February or March [when the next session starts],” he told participants at a recent Bar legislative strategy meeting.The Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation includes Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, who introduced the paralegal bill in the state House earlier this year.Bookman said he sought a wide range of people to serve, including lawyers, lawyers who teach paralegal courses, paralegals, and a law office administrator.The panel is chaired by Pensacola attorney Ross Goodman, a member of the Bar Board of Governors and a personal injury attorney who also teaches paralegal courses at the University of West Florida. The vice chair is Jacksonville paralegal Tara J. Stringfellow.Bookman invited participation from Bar sections, and at their behest appointed 10 members to the committee. They are Susan Fox from the Appellate Practice Section, Lou Conti from the Business Law and Tax sections, David Rogero from the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section, Juliet Roulhac, (former president of the Young Lawyers Division) from the Equal Opportunities Section, Scott L. Rubin from the Family Law Section, Linzie Bogan from the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, Shane Munoz from the Labor and Employment Law Section, Eric Virgil from the Practice Management Section, Brad Powers from the Trial Lawyers Section, and Z. Felicia Jordan from the Young Lawyers Division.Other members include Orlando attorney Joe Amos, Clearwater attorney Susan Demers, Tallahassee paralegal Sherry Elson, Tampa attorney and chair of the Law Office Management Assistance Service Committee Rafael Gonzalez, Coral Springs attorney John Hume, Clearwater paralegal Karen S. McLead, Tallahassee paralegal Johanna Phillips, and Tallahassee attorney and Tallahassee Community College Coordinator of Paralegal Studies Michelle R. Vasalinda.“The charge of the special committee is to study the status of paralegals in the state of Florida in light of the proposed legislation filed during the 2005 legislative session, which sought recognition and/or regulation of the paralegal profession,” Bookman wrote in his letter to the members telling them of their appointment. “The committee should expect to make a final report to The Florida Bar Board of Governors prior to the start of the 2006 legislative session.”The committee’s organizational meeting is set for August 17, and it will meet again in September at the Bar’s General Meeting of Sections and Committees in Tampa.last_img read more