Prosecution is Forcing Wyborcza’s Journalist to Reveal Her Source in the Gdańsk Mayor Murder Case


Wyborcza’s journalist Katarzyna Włodkowska was ordered to reveal the identity of a confidential source she relied on while reporting on the Gdańsk mayor murder case. Meanwhile, after nearly three years, the prosecution still hasn’t prepared an indictment against the man who committed the murder. Agnieszka Pomaska, MP, submitted a question to the Minister of Justice on this matter. 

The District Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk for almost two years has been going after „Wyborcza’s” reporter Katarzyna Włodkowska because of her feature published on January 13, 2020. The text made it to print exactly on the anniversary of the assassination of Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk. Her piece entitled „I will sit two years and go out” referred to the statement of an informant who, from the perspective of a witness, described a meeting between Stefan W. and a couple of „thugs” in a car.


The prosecution wanted the reporter to reveal her source, although the person asked to remain anonymous, fearing revenge and not trusting the authorities. Ms Włodkowska took the informant’s side, thus protecting a fundamental principle of the reporter’s privilege: source confidentiality.


Meanwhile, there is still no indictment in the main murder case. In October, the team of experts who examined Stefan W. diagnosed that the killer’s capacity was diminished. It was the third consecutive opinion in the case about the suspect’s mental health.

The second opinion has been issued in mid-August 2020 by a team of medical experts led by Janusz Heitzman, MD, Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. Contrary to the specialists who prepared the first opinion, the doctors stated that at the time of the attack on the Gdańsk mayor, Stefan W. had limited mental functions. It was indicated that Stefan W. was motivated by a phobia against the Civic Platform [Poland’s main opposition party], which could have been fuelled by the hateful coverage aired by the public broadcaster TVP, which the suspect watched during his previous stay in prison (he was convicted for robberies).

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