Language purity laws (Poland)
Medium: Commercial Advertising
Artist: Polish merchants, business community
Confronting Bodies: Polish Lanuage Council
Date of Action: August 2000
Description of Artwork: Use of the words, "supermarket," Music club," and "plaza."
The Incident: These words have been outlawed by the Polish Language Council through a language purity law enforced in August 2000. Simultaneously, another language purity law forces broadcasters to ensure that one-third of the music played on radio stations is Polish.
Results of Incident: Violators of these edicts could face heavy fines.
Source: Index on Censorship, 6/2000