Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVPInfo.pl - State-owned broadcaster TVP Info took issue with claims by Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform, Poland's largest opposition party, that he was not invited to appear on TVP. Tusk, apparently, made the claim during a public meeting with voters, but TVP Info said that he had been invited to appear on Sunday, for the 66th time, but declined to attend. The broadcaster also said that Tusk did not want to have a televised debate with Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran an article on how TVP Info, the state-owned broadcaster, attacked private news channel TVN24 after it broadcast a documentary alleging Pope John Paul II covered incidents of child sex abuse by priests. Over a number of days in early March, according to Wyborcza, TVP rubbished TVN's name while at the same time describing itself as the "defender of the good name of Saint John Paul II".
Rp.pl - The pandemic and the war in Ukraine led to attacks on Asian people and Ukrainians, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Tuesday. The paper cited the 'Brown Book', a publication listing racially motivated incidents produced by Never Again, a foundation monitoring the activities of the far right. Anna Tatar from Never Again said that during the pandemic there were attacks on people with Asian features and there would have been more, if it had not been for lockdown. Ukrainians have also been victims of aggression, she added, since the Russian invasion.
TVN24.pl – Marek Belka, a former prime minister and head of the National Bank of Poland, told the news broadcaster TVN24 that he believes inflation has peaked at 18.4 percent but it will take a long time for it to fall significantly. He added that he thought it could still be in the double-digits come the end of the year owing to domestic economic issues, and "that 10 percent is as basically destructive to the economy as the current level."