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Nasz Dziennik - Poland | 06/09/2012

Last political prisoner in Poland has died

The Polish political scientist and Catholic journalist Józef Szaniawski died in a mountaneering accident on Tuesday, aged 68. From 1985 to 1989 he was imprisoned for his activities against the communist regime. The Supreme Court, which finally acquitted him, dubbed him "communist Poland's last political prisoner". The national-Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik praises Szaniawski as an undying role model: "In his life he valued what should be the top priority for the media: the truth. He showed reality for what it was. With all its advantages and disadvantages. With all its positive and negative sides. He remained true to truth - and that in a world of media maniplation and sometimes also of lies. And he was willing to pay the high price for this belief, namely with a prison sentence. ... The void he leaves behind cannot be filled. Without him we will be poorer, forever missing his seminal words."

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