Ruling party plans anti-fake news campaign

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A special team to combat fake news and disinfomation will be established in re-election vying President Andrzej Duda's election staff, Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) informed on Tuesday.

PiS deputy spokesperson Radoslaw Fogiel said the idea arose in the wake of protests during Duda's Monday observations of the 100th anniversary of the 1920 "Wedding to the Sea" ceremony which marked the reclaiming by Poland of its northern seacoast after regaining independence in 1918.

Groups of protesters attempted to disrupt the ceremonies in the coastal towns Puck and Wejherowo with anti-Duda slogans, among others accusing the president of constitutional violations and calling him "a national shame."

According to PiS the protests were not organised by local communities but were masterminded in Warsaw, and were an organised hate campaign against the president.

Responding to the idea, opposition leaders on Tuesday said the presidential anti-fake news team ought to begin by blocking the ruling party's lies and falsehoods.