Polish authorities turn a blind eye to blatantly racist, anti-Semitic, neo-nazist and Holocaust-negating web pages. On the occasion of the 9th November – International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism – "Never Again" Association calls internauts for cooperation in eliminating racist pages from the Polish Net. >

Marcin Libicki, Euro-MP of Prawo i Sprawiedliwosć (Law and Justice) got the prosecution in Poznan to launch an investigation into alleged historical inaccuracies on the website of Museum of Tolerance of Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles. Yet our authorities turn a blind eye to blatantly racist, anti-Semitic, neo-nazist and Holocaust-negating web pages – claim representatives of antifascist "Never Again" Association.

"In the framework of our campaign "R@cism Delete" during in the recent months we managed to shut down more than hundred racist websites in the Polish language" – says Marcin Kornak, president of "Never Again" Association. – "Unfortunately, in too many cases there is no reaction on part of both owners of net service companies, nor institutions supposed to deal with it."

Several months ago the Polish government intervened against Housewitz, a website offending Auschwitz victims, placed on a Dutch server. The site was shut down quickly in Holland and Germany, but up to this day remains on a Polish server, at the internet service connected with Unia Polityki Realnej (Union of Real Politics). This issue was touched during the OSCE conference in Warsaw this year, but Polish institutions has not reacted yet.

This year, together with International Network against Cyber Hate and the Warsaw branch of OSCE, "Never Again" Association run a course for East-European NGOs dealing with combating racism over the Internet. A similar course is planned for the next year.

"Internet is an incredibly dangerous forum for spreading racism, as it reaches many naïve young people prone to xenophobic propaganda. Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski (National Rebirth of Poland) and Młodzież Wszechpolska (All-Polish Youth) are examples of blatantly nationalistic organizations operating among the youth" – observes dr Rafał Pankowski, board member of the European anti-racist network UNITED for Intercultural Action, based in Amsterdam.

"Never Again" Association also co-runs the celebration of International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism on the 9th November in Wrocław and action "Kraków for Tolerance" from 17th to 29th November in Kraków.

"Never Again" Association has been monitoring acts of racism in Poland since 1996. It also publishes the only of its kind in Poland anti-fascist magazine – "Never Again".