Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Duck" moniker not fowl play

Political satirists and caricaturists in Poland can rest a little easier this week, following a decision by the Regional Court in Warsaw

The court ruled that using the term "kaczory" (literally "drakes," but often translated as "ducks") in reference to President Lech Kaczynski and his brother Jaroslaw, a former PM and current head of the Law and Justice party, does not constitute defamation.

Kaczynski is one of several surnames in Polish derived from the word "kaczka" ("duck"). Judge Alina Rychlinska ruled that use of the word was not defamatory on the grounds that comparisons of people to animals were not always negative.