Polish Varieties program of Friday, May 6

On his Polish Varieties program of Friday, May 6, Jerzy Rozalski committed another offense against decency and integrity.

Describing the May 5 annual membership meeting of the PAC Federal Credit Union, Mr. Rozalski alleged that Jaroslaw Ciszek, one of the candidates for the board of directors, withdrew from the election as result of blackmail by a group of credit union members (whom Mr. Rozalski did not name, but whose identity is well known).

These were Mr. Rozalski’s words: “From certain information, we learned that he [Ciszek] was blackmailed into not running in the credit union’s election by a group that has recently tried to disrupt the credit union’s operations.” [Original: “Z pewnych informacji dowiedzieliśmy się że był szantażowany żeby nie startował do wyborów przez grupę taką która próbuje zakłócić działalność unii w ostatnich czasach.”]

Mr. Rozalski’s assertions (which can be heard at the mp3 link below) are potentially slanderous, inasmuch as blackmail is defined as “the crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful or damaging facts (or rumors) about a person to the public, family, spouse or associates unless paid off to not carry out the threat.” Source: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/blackmail

Therefore, accusing someone of committing blackmail (as Mr. Rozalski did on his program) may constitute defamation and may expose Mr. Rozalski to legal action.

Again, it must be pointed out that Jerzy Rozalski not only presents himself and his program a the voice of Polonia, but he is a national director of the Polish American Congress–Michigan Division.



Andrzej Ładak


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