Today the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski awarded the Prize of Jerzy Giedroyc Agnieszka Romaszewska-Cones, director of the TV channel "Belsat", which broadcasts to Belarus from Poland.
The ceremony took place at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
The award has established a leading Polish newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" in 2001, the first anniversary of death Jerzy Giedroyc. Giedroyc, who was born in Minsk in 1906, was one of the most important Polish publishers and writers in exile. In 1946, in Rome, he founded the Institute of Literature, and in 1947 in Paris — the magazine "Culture", which was the most significant intellectual edition of Polish emigration to the West after the Second World War. Giedroyc was one of the most consistent supporters of the idea of Polish independence for Poland's eastern neighbors — Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine — so good neighborly relations between them and the post-communist Poland.
The award named Jerzy Giedroyc awarded annually person or institution that in public life guided by the principles elaborated by Giedroyc and other authors of Paris 'culture'. These principles include, among other things, beskaryslivasts in social activities, strengthening the role of Poland in the democratic European society, maintaining good relations with the peoples of Eastern Europe.
This year's candidates for the award named Jerzy Giedroyc were also journalists Andrzej Bzhezitski and Malgorzata Notsun, whose activities are connected with Belarus. In 2007, after traveling in Belarus, they published a book called "Bialorus: kartofle i dzinsy". And in 2008, they published a book of interviews "Ograbiony narod. Rozmowy z bialoruskimi intelektualistami".
Among the other candidates for the award named Jerzy Giedroyc was the chairman of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, former director of the Polish section of Radio Free Europe Zdislav Nayderom and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Adam Rotfeld.