Don't mess with the Kaczynskis. The Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his identical twin Jaroslaw (who happens to be prime minister) aren't fans of being mocked. Fair enough. Most people aren't. But most people don't attempt to arrest those who mock them.
Google Blogoscoped has a translated version of recent Polish newspaper accounts of Marek W., a young Pole from Cieszyn who apparently wrote some sort of "Googlebombing" software that targeted the Polish president. It was successful enough to return a link to the President's office when the word "kutas" (penis) was searched, but the authorities were not amused.
Marek was arrested earlier this year for the act, which may be illegal under Polish law (insulting the president is a crime). It may be one of the last major Googlebombing cases ever, though, as the company tweaked its algorithms to eliminate the practice.
It's not the first time that the power of the state has been brought to bear on those who mock the twins. Last summer, newspapers around the world buzzed with the news that Poland was attempting to arrest a German journalist who published a satirical piece about the two brothers.
The case was serious enough to prompt Reporters Without Borders to issue a statement calling the event "unworthy of a European head of state who supposedly respects freedom of the press."
Poland's laws might seem unduly restrictive to many observers, but the neighboring Czech Republic features freedom of speech so complete that it still extends to child porn. Amazingly, ownership of such images is allowed (though the government is looking into ways to change this), just as it is in Latvia, Slovenia, and Portugal. Surely, in both cases, there has to be a better way to balance rights and freedoms?