Cease-and-desist order issued against TVN for violations of journalistic standards re: Smolensk
Published: April 3, 2017
The Polish National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), after careful analysis of the documentation provided, issued a cease-and-desist order against TVN SA for its practices, which consisted of failure to adhere to the due diligence and reasonable care standards in the collection and usage of the material presented in the program titled "(Im)pure theories" broadcast by TVN24 in "Black on White" series.
As reported by virtualnemedia.pl, Piotr Świerczek's report "(Im) pure theories" was broadcast in "Black on White" in October 2016. The material criticized the work of the parliamentary committee dealing with the Smolensk disaster.
The program was advertised as follows: In the "Black and White" program, about serious theories full of simple mathematical errors, about theories that exclude each other, about theories in which - as the authors suggest – it is better not dig some issues. There is a letter that represents an interesting exchange of correspondence between Macierewicz's experts; but not only…,” the announcement of the reportage stated.
In December 2016, the attorney for one of the experts defamed in this program filed a complaint with the National Broadcasting Council about gross distortion and manipulation of his work in this reportage.
In the resolution adopted at the end of March 2017, KKRiT found that in preparations of this report TVN violated provisions of Art. 12 sec. 1 of the Press Law, which states that journalists are obliged to "exercise particular care and diligence in the collection and usage of the materials, especially to check for the truthfulness of the obtained messages or to provide the proper sources."
KRRiT also considered the TVN's explanations to be insufficient and authorized the President of KRRiT to issue a follow up order in this case.
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