Polish law enforcement officials searched(link is external) the offices of Wprost magazine twice on Wednesday in a failed attempt to seize the company's computer files. On Saturday, the magazine published(link is external) a recording of a conversation between two government officials discussing how they could use public resources to pressure private businesses. The magazine was set to publish more recordings, which prosecutors allege were obtained(link is external) illegally.
A scuffle(link is external) between officers and journalists was recorded and shared on Twitter. Some users applauded Wprost's editor-in-chief Latkowski Sylwester for refusing to surrender his "death grip" hold on his laptop to authorities. Below is video being shared showing security agents trying to seize the laptop from Latkowski: Following the searching of his magazine's office, Latkowski tweeted: The ABW officer Czechowicz was breaking my fingers with the assistance of prosecutors. Do you allow this Mr. Attorney General?... Latkowski's hold on his laptop quickly became a meme on Polish social media. Some used the hashtag #ABWweWprost ('ABW versus Wprost') to describe the faceoff between ABW Internal Security Agency and Wprost magazine staff. The picture below shows Latkowski clutching a MacBook Pro with the image reading: You simply cannot believe how secure your computer can be... Following the raid, some Poles expressed concerns over the the corruption allegations in the leaked conversation and the government's response. to read more: stream.aljazeera.com
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