Jiří Dienstbier

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Jiří Dienstbier
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Senator from Kladno
In office
25 October 2008 – 8 January 2011
Preceded by Ladislav Svoboda
Succeeded by Jiří Dienstbier Jr.
Personal details
Born (1937-04-20)20 April 1937
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Died 8 January 2011(2011-01-08) (aged 73)
Prague, Czech Republic
Political party ČSSD
Alma mater Charles University in Prague

Jiří Dienstbier (20 April 1937, Kladno – 8 January 2011, Prague) was a Czech politician and journalist. He was one of Czechoslovakia's most respected foreign correspondents before being fired after the Prague Spring. Unable to have a livelihood as a journalist, he worked as a janitor for the next two decades. During this time, he secretly started Lidove noviny.[1]

After the end of communist rule in 1989, he became the country's first non-Communist foreign minister in four decades, a post he held until 1992. In 2008 he was elected to the Czech Senate for the Kladno region.

In 2000, the Vienna-based International Press Institute named him one of its 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 years.[2]

Awards and Honors[edit]

In 2013, Dienstbier was posthumously awarded the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award by the Prague Society for International Cooperation.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jiri Dienstbier: A Czech's career". The Economist. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "World Press Freedom Heroes". International Press Institute. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^ List of Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award Winners on Praguesociety.org

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