| Jerzy Juliusz Kijowski|
Committee for the Defence of Democracy
Polish Open University (2000), Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, University of Warsaw
Ryszard Petru, Grzegorz Schetyna, Jerzy Juliusz Kijowski, Kamila Gasiuk‑Pihowicz, Jarosław Kaczyński
Mateusz Kijowski (born Dec 12, 1968 in Warsaw, Poland) – an IT specialist, journalist, social activist, and blogger.
Mateusz Kijowski Wikipedia
Kijowski studied mathematics at the University of Warsaw. He transferred to Faculty of Family Sciences (Polish: Instytut Studiów nad Rodziną) at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (former Warsaw Theological Academy). After one year he transferred yet again, this time, to study Journalism. He dropped out from university and started working at a clothing company, designing outdoor recreation gear. In 1991, he started working in the IT Department of Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. At the end of 1993 he was hired by Computer Education Center (Polish: Centrum Edukacji Komputerowej), where he was training network administrators. In year 2000 he graduated from College of Management (Polish: Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania) at the Polish Open University with a degree in business information management. He wrote his thesis on volume oscillators.
He started his activist efforts in a tourism organization at his parish. He was active in the father’s rights movement, he was one of organizers of the campaign “stopstopnop” polemicizing with opponents of mandatory vaccinations for newborn children. He was the co-founder of an organization, Stop Rape (Polish: Stop gwałtom).
At the onset of the Polish constitutional crisis, 2015 he started a Facebook group Committee for the Defense of Democracy (Polish: Komitet Obrony Demokracji, also known as KOD), within three days after November 20, 2015 there were over thirty thousand members. On December 2, 2015 in Warsaw the first founding meeting of the Association Committee for the Defense of Democracy (KOD) took place. A new statute was approved and a temporary management group was formed with Kijowski in it. During the process of forming the Association, several threats toward Kijowski surfaced and the police started protecting him.
On December 3, 2015 he organised a picket in support of the Constitutional Tribunal’s actions to ensure the rule of law in Poland. Subsequent protests took place on December 12th in Warsaw and on December 19th in more than 20 Polish cities and several European capitals. On December 23, he presented the outline of a compromise “exit strategy” at a press conference in Warsaw.
In December 2015 he was awarded the "Freedom Prize" by Towarzystwo Dziennikarskie in recognition of his civic activity, in particular for the swift organization of peaceful protests in defence of democracy and civil rights in Poland.
Mateusz Kijowski is son of Jerzy Kijowski, he has four children and was married twice.
Since the foundation of KOD Kijowski was being accused of having fallen behind with child support payments prior to starting the organization. On January 4th, 2017 it was revealed that Kijowski had a potential conflict of interest, as while serving as the leader of KOD, between March and August 2016, his company "MTM" billed the organization monthly for IT services. Following this revelation the KOD Board initiated an external financial audit, with many KOD members demanding for Kijowski to step down. Elections to KOD leadership are planned for March 2017.