Poland protests German media interference in presidential elections

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Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek on Wednesday protested to the German Charges d' Affaires against what he described as the German media's attempts to influence Poland's ongoing presidential elections.

The deputy minister's words referred to recent publications in Germany's Die Welt newspaper, whose author wrote that presidential contender Rafal Trzaskowski would be a better choice than incumbent President Andrzej Duda, because Trzaskowski was against Poland's demands for World War II compensation from Germany.

Duda and Trzaskowski face a July 12 run-off election round after a June 28 vote failed to give Duda sufficient support to win the presidency.

Szynkowski vel Sek told PAP that during the talk he accused the German media of spreading lies and manipulated facts about the Polish elections, which gave rise to suspicion that their aim was to "influence the democratic election process in Poland."

He added that he made it clear to the German side that the Polish Foreign Ministry held such publications as unacceptable, and stressed that using lies and manipulated information exceeded the boundaries of media freedom.