PM Tusk calls PiS billboard campaign mocking PO repulsive
August 5, 2014
PiS main opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the billboard campaign recalling the recent wire-tapping scandal, launched by main opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) on Saturday “dishonourable, repulsive and terrible.”
The posters, showing mocking pictures of ruling party Civic Platform (PO) politicians that were involved in the scandal, were placed on over 1,000 citylights in the country's major cities.
The campaign, which is supposed to accompany this autumn's local elections features very unflatering photographs of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, Deputy PM and Minister of Development Elzbieta Bienkowska and Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz.
Sikorski, Bienkowska and Sienkiewicz appeared on illegaly recorded tapes that were published by Polish weekly Wprost in June.
PiS campaign makes an allusion to PO's slogan from the 2007 election campaign: “In order to live better”.
In connection with the slogan, PiS complained of what it called censorship, because the operator of citylights chain AMS from media group Agora, raised objections to the campaign wording. PiS was not allowed to use the word "sitwa", which roughly translates into "clique", PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said at a specially staged press conference on Saturday.
The original slogan used by PiS read: In order to live better: clique,” The word clique had to be changed into “authorities”.