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Chapter 14: Vagaries of Time and Place: Media Ethics in Poland

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Vagaries of Time and Place: Media Ethics in Poland
Vagaries of time and place: Media ethics in Poland
KarolJakubowicz

In the 1980s, Polish dissidents coined a slogan. “There can be no freedom without solidarity.” The Communist government came back with a different slogan, emblazoned on a banner stretched across the Central Committee building, “There can be no freedom without responsibility.” Today, in the media and elsewhere, there is lots of freedom but limited solidarity and precious little responsibility.

This chapter provides a brief overview of the ongoing debate in Poland over the norms and values of journalism and the media. It forms part of a much larger struggle over the norms and values of Polish society in general.

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