Saturday, July 9, 2022

Ringier Axel Springer may sue whistleblower who revealed mobbing at Newsweek Poland

 Ringier Axel Springer Polska will sue the former member of the editorial office of "Newsweek" Ryszard Holzer, who revealed what happened in the weekly and what were the circumstances of his departure.

In May, the Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) publishing house immediately terminated the contract with Tomasz Lis, who had been the editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska for a decade. Tomasz Sekielski became the new editor-in-chief. Immediately after the RASP's decision, information appeared that accusations of mobbing were behind the departure of Tomasz Lis.

Ryszard Holzer was the only one who spoke on the matter under his name in an interview with about what happened in the weekly. Lis' former underlings say that he has been calling them names and humiliating them for years, as well as indulging in sexist and homophobic jokes.

"All this is quite distasteful, because Tomasz Lis, in cooperation with the publisher of Newsweek, RASP, did everything to prevent the public from finding out what it is like there." And - I think - they will not find out," - Holzer wrote about the case on social media.

 Holzer's statement made the management board of Ringier Axel Springer Polska, the publisher of "Newsweek," decide to take legal action against the journalist.