pro bono

In cooperation with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, we represented Grażyna Bochenek, former editor at Polish Radio Rzeszów, in proceedings before the Rzeszów Court of Appeal concerning mobbing and her removal from a live radio show for broadcasting a critical statement by a listener about the President of Poland. The district court partially upheld her suit, finding discrimination and infringement of the plaintiff’s personal interests. As a result of an appeal filed by our firm, the regional court found that her claim for additional compensation for mobbing was also warranted. The court also ordered the CEO of Polish Radio Rzeszów to publish apologies on the website of the Rzeszów edition of Gazeta Wyborcza and on the news sites and The judgment is legally final.
radio worker

We represent a former employee of the Rzeszów branch of Polish Radio in a dispute alleging discrimination by her employer and appealing against her dismissal. After airing an unfavourable comment by a listener on President Andrzej Duda, the journalist was removed from a live radio show. Immediately after the event, a number of measures were taken against the journalist, including refusal to approve her request to conduct classes at a college or attend a professional conference. Her health suffered due to these actions and her salary was significantly reduced. Ultimately her employment was terminated on disciplinary grounds. We are pursuing the case as part of the Article 32 programme of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, which is aimed at combatting discrimination and promoting principles of equal treatment.

22 November 2019
Humane Birthing

We provided legal support for the Rodzić po Ludzku (“Humane Birthing”) Foundation, advising on operation of their portal, a site for exchange of information on the quality and standards of obstetrics care at hospitals and clinics, helping to improve healthcare standards.

Radio journalists

Also in cooperation with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, we represented three journalists from a Polish public radio station in court proceedings challenging their disciplinary termination. The fired journalists were legally protected trade union activists. They were fired when, to support journalists from Polish Radio 3 removed from the air, they became involved in the social media campaign on silenced journalists, #kogoniesłychać. The cases were conducted as part of the foundation’s Free Media Observatory programme, devoted to monitoring the protection of freedom of expression in Poland and instances of infringement.

Trade union activist

We represent a trade union activist fighting for employee rights who was fired from his job. One of the main grounds stated for termination was wearing his working clothes outside of the workplace—during a protest against infringement of employee rights. We are leading the case under the Article 32 programme of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, aimed at combating discrimination and promoting equal treatment.

16 October 2018
Białowieża Forest

We defended a photo journalist who reported in the summer of 2017 on protests by activists in the Białowieża Forest. He was accused of crossing forest land at a prohibited location and refusing to leave the site when demanded by an authorised person. He was convicted by a summary judgment, which he appealed against. During the court proceeding the firm took the position that the photo journalist had not met the elements of the offences he was convicted of, as the prohibition on entering the forest was defectively issued. Moreover, in reporting on the situation from the Białowieża Forest and memorialising in photos the defence of one of the best-preserved natural forests in Europe, while archiving measures aimed at cutting the timber in the forest, he was serving the society in his role as a journalist. The journalist’s presence ensured that the anti-logging protests would be accurately reported and the society would be precisely informed of the events. The court acquitted the journalist, finding that his actions did not constitute the offences charged. The judgment is legally final. The case was conducted pursuant to a project of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights devoting to providing legal assistance to journalists and bloggers.

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