A far-right hate speaker from Poland author and journalist Rafał Ziemkiewicz, has cancelled a planned UK visit but following concerns from MPs and campaigners about hate speech, the appearances have reportedly been cancelled.
Recently, Mr Ziemkiewicz expressed revolting views on Polish television following the Polish government’s controversial Holocaust bill. Whilst appearing as a guest on Polish channel TVP, the host and Mr Ziemkiewicz mocked critics of the Polish government’s Holocaust bill, joking that death camps should be referred to as “Jewish death camps” and Jews had a part to play in their own slaughter during the Holocaust. [...] Mr Ziemkiewicz has also been accused of describing Muslims as “invaders” and “barbarians” and saying that “gays should be fought against” in an article featured in the weekly Polish news magazine Newsweek Polska.
From the reaction in the right-wing circles in Poland, it seems some do not understand that what Mr Ziemkiewicz can get away with saying and doing in his own country does not have to be tolerated in others, and comments about 'limiting free speech' are pretty ricjh coming from a country that wants to make voicing certain opinions punishable with three years in prison.