How Poland’s election puts at risk LGBT rights, the courts and the free press

The re-election of Andrzej Duda as Poland’s president this week was by the narrowest of margins and has sent liberals in the country into a tailspin. Duda’s campaign pivoted away from pro-welfare messaging to one dominated by “family values” and hostility to the country’s LGBT communities.

Christian Davies was covering the election for the Guardian and tells Rachel Humphreys that the result now clears the way for Poland’s ruling populists in the Law and Justice party to continue their politicisation of independent institutions such as the judiciary and the media.

Polish president and presidential candidate of the Law and Justice (PiS) party Andrzej Duda

Photograph: Aleksandra Szmigiel/Reuters


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