19 March 2008
Newspaper accused of defaming Poles
The Daily Mail faces a legal battle after the Federation of Poles in Great Britain (FPGB) contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), alleging it defamed Polish people in the UK, the Guardian reports.
In a letter to the PCC, the federation accused the Daily Mail of publishing articles that promoted "negative emotions and tensions between the new EU immigrants and local communities".
It identified 50 headlines which, it claimed, displayed anti-Polish sentiment.
Chair of the FPGB Jan Mokrzycki told the Polish media: "It was the headlines which were the most offensive, using emotive anti-Polish language. Poles seem to be unable to please the Daily Mail, whatever they do."
Meanwhile, the newspaper has rejected the complaint, with a spokesman stating that it was not in any way anti-Polish.
Established in 1946, the FPGB exists to promote and defend the interests of Polish people living in the UK.