Criminal Law Aspects of Combating Fake News in Poland

  • Marcin Wielec Head of the Institute of Justice, Warsaw, Poland; Head of the Department of Criminal Procedure, Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland
Keywords: fake news, criminal law, Poland, freedom of expression, legal protection


This scientific paper analyzes legal criminal protection against fake news in Poland. First, it presents introductory comments on issues related to the main research area. The general characteristics of substantive criminal law in Poland are also presented. The presentation of the characteristics of formal criminal law is that procedural law or criminal procedures will also have a similar character. The next piece of the analytical puzzle is the characteristic of fake news. All these parts will give rise to the analysis of fake news and criminal law in Poland. This refers to the correlation between these designations. Following the above discussion, draft legislation on fake news in Poland is presented. The comments in this section will show how national law can regulate fake news and legal liability under this phenomenon. At the end of the paper, a short summary contains conclusions related to the analyzed matter.


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How to Cite
WielecM. (2021). Criminal Law Aspects of Combating Fake News in Poland. Law, Identity and Values, 1(2), 179-192.