- January 30, 2014
The press office of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania: “Enforcement agencies should get involved in the problem of an unlawful and a big-scale monitoring process which includes EP.”
On Thursday, 30th January the press office of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (AWPL) publicised an announcement in which it positioned itself in the matter of Renata Cytacka’s (the Vice-minister of Energy) statement. Let us remind that this topic has been frequently touched upon in Lithuanian media recently.
“The media still escalate the topic of Renata Cytacka’s statement for the Forum of Parents from Polish schools in Šalčininkai District Municipality concerning the situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The press office of AWPL voices its regret about people being oppressed for expressing their opinions about what is happening in Lithuania. New information on this topic has recently appeared in media: the journalists ascribe the authorship of R. Cytacka’s text to the MEP Waldemar Tomaszewski. The media claim that R. Cytacka’s document includes information suggesting that it was allegedly written on a computer registered to W. Tomaszewski.” – we read in the announcement.
The press office of AWPL stated that in January, which is when the document was written, W. Tomaszewski was not present in Brussels where, as the office emphasises, the only computers registered to his name are located.
“In response to the media’s insinuation in R. Cytacka’s affair the press office of AWPL declares that the only computers registered to W. Tomaszewski’s name are located in Brussels premises of European Parliament. In January, when the statement of the Forum of Parents from Polish schools in Šalčininkai District Municipality was publicise, the MEP was not present in Brussels. The MEP’s e-mails are checked by his assistants in EP. This e-mail address is used, among others, by W. Tomaszewski’s assistant linguist, to whom R. Cytacka and other people often send texts in Lithuanian an English to have their stylistics checked.” – the office informs.
The press office of AWPL expresses its regret about the big-scale monitoring process, to which, as the office claims, Lithuanian society is subjected.
“It is visible that this new information was supposed to be a sensation and although the bubble burst quickly, it reveals a troubling tendency of our citizens being unlawfully monitored by some vague organizations, their conversations and e-mails spied on not only within Lithuania’s borders. The press office of AWPL believes that it violates all the acceptable boundaries of privacy and, as a result, enforcement agencies should get involved in this problem of an unlawful and a big-scale monitoring process.” – we read in the announcement.
“Let us remind the recent case of a classified information leak from Lithuanian president’s office to the media. The press office of AWPL points out that now, media receive information gathered by spying on the European Parliament. This, according to the office, brings discredit on Lithuania on an international scale.” – comments the press office of AWPL.
Tłumaczenie by Kinga Zinser w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Kinga Zinser within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.