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The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the International Press Institute (IPI) called on authorities to fully investigate the case of a journalist beaten to death in north central Poland earlier this year. and to bring his killer to justice.


Lukasz Masiak, 31, a well-respected journalist at local online news outlet NaszaMlawa.pl in the town of Mlawa, was killed at a bar at approximately midnight on June 13.
IPI and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), citing previous instances in which Masiak was threatened and attacked, urged authorities not to rule out any potential motive for his death until they complete a full and transparent investigation.
Masiak had a reputation for monitoring authorities and bringing attention to regional crime, and he previously reported receiving threats in connection with his work.


A representative of the Association of Polish Journalists, speaking with local media, faulted police for not pursuing the journalist’s complaints more forcefully before his death.



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