Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska unfortunately promotes hate; we all know how much hate speech destroys people and what it can lead to – Jolanta Turczynowicz-Kieryłło, head of the campaign of President Andrzej Duda, said on Thursday in Łowicz (Łódzkie).
Turczynowicz-Kieryłło said on TVP Info on Wednesday that “the free exercise of freedom of speech may lead to threats, even threats to interests that are important from the perspective of the state.” – Indeed, in cases where I defended the national interest very strongly, I marked the boundaries there that I believe cannot be crossed, because you are no longer acting in the public interest, because you are already acting in the interest, which is very often incompatible with that, what we think is good and right for you – she pointed out.
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PO candidate for president, Sejm Deputy Marshal Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, when asked about these words on Thursday, assessed that Turczynowicz-Kieryłło's statement “is such a promise to introduce censorship”. She stated that the words Turczynowicz-Kieryłło, “which says that freedom of speech may be bad, already disqualify her.”
The head of the Andrzej Duda election campaign emphasized on Thursday that “Kidawa-Błońska unfortunately promotes hate”. “We all know how much hate speech destroys people and what it can lead to,” she said. – We cannot say that we have absolute freedom in expressing vulgar opinions, in expressing opinions that hurt other people, in denying their human dignity – Turczynowicz-Kieryłło told reporters.
– I believe that none of the Poles think that Kidawa-Błońska's words about the fact that freedom is absolute are true. Every freedom has its limits and this limit is the dignity of other people – she emphasized.
According to the head of the campaign Andrzej Duda, “Kidawa-Błońska manipulates values.” – Hejt is never exercising freedom of speech. There is no consent to hate, hate divides people. Promoting hatred, stroking, hugging people who spread hate speech cannot meet or meet with social acceptance. We want a smiling, kind campaign – Turczynowicz-Kieryłło referred to last week's events from Puck.
– All we will do and share will be respect for other people. I assure you that the high culture of public debate on our part will be the value that we will promote in this campaign, v announced. Turczynowicz-Kieryłło also emphasized that President Duda highly respects people, and the proof is the fact that he visits every, even a small town, where he is invited. “This is the only president who was in all counties, this is evidence of respect for people that he talks to them” – she said.
She added that President Duda is a person appreciated by people for “being very close to them”. “Respect is also that the president is talking about us running this campaign in a way that each of us would like to experience,” she said.
Turczynowicz-Kieryłło emphasized that we are people forming one society and that there is strength in unity. “This was what I meant when I said that if these disputes escalate to such disputes that already divide families, then there can be no consent of the president” – she said. “The president wants us to be a strong state. In a strong state people do not throw mud (…) We are part of Europe as Poland and I believe that we should implement standards – which are close to Poland and Europeans – to implement” – said the head of the campaign Bagpipe.
Asked by journalists about her words regarding “free exercise of freedom of speech”, she replied that “we are against any censorship.” “I want to make it clear that these statements are not manipulated. Censorship is different from hate. Nobody agrees to hate and we all think that when it comes to hate it is necessary to do everything to keep it in public space” – stressed Turczynowicz-Kieryłło.