Orkla Media/Orkla Press - Presspublica case ("the passport case") dropped

30.03.2004: On 29th March 2004 the Polish prosecuting authority represented by the prosecutor office in Warsaw decided to drop the case against three members of the Presspublica management for having entered into business agreements to the detriment of the company. It was the Polish state-owned company PPW, a minority shareholder in Presspublica, that reported the three in June 2000.

The Polish prosecuting authority and the experts have not been able to prove or provide any documentary evidence of the alleged offences.
 
In six different reports, four independent and reputable auditors - both international and Polish firms - have totally dismissed the basis for the allegations of breach of law.
 
Orkla Media as majority shareholder in Presspublica (through the subsidiary Presspublica Holding Norway AS) has had and has complete confidence in the management of Presspublica.  It was expected that the prosecuting authority would drop the case, and it will be noted. 
 
At the same time we would like to draw attention to several other investigative actions carried out against journalists at Rzeczpospolita by the office of the prosecutor, and which Orkla Media regard as being serious machinations against the freedom of press in Poland.
 
Orkla Media will discuss these issues with international authorities and organisations.
 
Jan Lindh
Managing Director
Orkla Media AS
 
Terje Bertheussen
Man. Dir. Orkla Press AS
(In charge of Orkla Media's involvement in newspapers in Central and Eastern Europe)