His Excellency  Mark Brzezinski

The Ambassador of the United States of America

The Embassy of the United States

Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31

00-540 Warsaw   POLAND


Re: TVN 24 violates media integrity standards to attack St. John Paul II by manufacturing falsehood

 New Port Richey, FL, USA, March 30, 2023 

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

On behalf of the World Research Council On Poles Abroad as well as the Polish community in US, I am writing to you to protest categorically against attempts by TVN24, an American television station operating in Poland, to defame the person and work, greatness and holiness of Saint John Paul II, the authority of the Millennium as well as the powerful symbol of the American victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War. 

The authors of Franciszkańska 3 program broadcast recently by TVN24 accuse St. John Paul II of hiding crimes committed by three Polish priests during his work at the Archbishopric of Krakow, Poland.  Yet, they use old Communist files containing falsehood fabricated to prosecute the Catholic Church and the Polish nation, omit relevant opposing information and ignore important legal and historical context.  As such, the program itself demonstrates evident characteristics of manufacturing false evidence against St. John Paul II, reminiscent of the strategy used by the Communist persecutors.

Therefore, it is clear to us that American TVN24 violates the fundamental standards of media integrity, both Polish and American.  This violation is one of many anti-Polish infringements by TVN 24.  However, because of the unique stature of Saint John Paul II in Poland, the latest defamatory program is of such proportions that it may turn traditionally pro-American Polish society against the US for the first time in history.  Since Poland is the greatest and most reliable American strategic ally in continental Europe, undermining the Polish popular support for close cooperation with the US harms seriously both American and Polish interests.

We would like to thank you for your kind attention and express our trust that the damaging, substandard actions of TVN24 will meet swiftly with the necessary interventions by the competent US authorities, thanks to Your Excellency’s able assistance.

Best regards,

Walter, Wiesław Gołębiewski, MBA – president World Research Council On Poles Abroad

5340 Merkin Pl, New Port Richey, Florida 34 655, USA

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