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Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik
Václav Havel presenting the award to his friend Adam Michnik
Juliusz Kurkiewicz - Recipient of the award's financial part.
Juliusz Kurkiewicz - Recipient of the award's financial part.
Aleksandra Klich-Siewiorek - Recipient of the award's financial part
Aleksandra Klich-Siewiorek - Recipient of the award's financial part
Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award Recipient

Adam Michnik is the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest daily in Poland and the first independent news daily after Communism. A Historian and co-founder of KOR (Committee for the Defense of Workers) 1976, he was detained many times during 1965-1980 and was a prominent Solidarity activist during the 80s, and spent a total of six years in Polish prisons for activities opposing the communist regime. Member of the Round Table Talks in 1989; member of the first non-communist parliament 1989-1991. He is the Laureat of many prizes and titles: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award; The Erasmus Prize; The Francisco Cerecedo Journalist Prize as a first non-Spanish author; Grand Prince Giedymin Order; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur; recipient of a doctorate honoris causa from The New School for Social Research in New York, from the University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and from Connecticut College; honorary senator of the University of Ljubljana; and honorary professor of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

Adam Michnik presented the financial portion of the award to two young journalists at the polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Juliusz Kurkiewicz and Aleksandra Klich-Siewiorek.

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