13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 23 Jun 2015 n° 20/2015 Poland

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Polish journalist Lukasz Masiak (31), editor of a local online news portal NaszaMlawa.pl, was beaten to death in the night of 13 to 14 June 2015 in the city center of Mlawa, a town located in north-central Poland. Masiak, who reported mainly on the local administration in Mlawa, had received death threats because of his journalistic work and an obituary message was sent to his home. Following the first attack a year ago, Masiak told the media, “It was certainly not an attack by the robbers. The person attacking me was clearly waiting for me. I’m sure it was about the reports we published on our news portal.” Masiak reported every attack and threat he received to the police but the police investigations have produced no results, so far.
13 Sep 2016: In June 2016, a court ordered the referral of Bartosz N, the alleged murderer of the journalist Lukasz Masiak to a psychiatric hospital to undergo an evaluation of the state of his mental health. He remains in detention on remand. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
08 Feb 2016
The investigation into the murder of Lukasz Masiak has been reopened. A man suspected of murdering the journalist handed himself in at the Prosecutor’s Office. He has been detained in police custody. Following interrogation, he was charged with murder. Bartosz N. had been evading justice since June 2015.
State replies
17 Aug 2016
Updated information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
09 Jul 2015
Response of the Government of Poland
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