|Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia|
10 December 1989 – 2 July 1992
|Preceded by||Jaromír Johanes|
|Succeeded by||Jozef Moravčík|
|Senator from Kladno|
25 October 2008 – 8 January 2011
|Preceded by||Ladislav Svoboda|
|Succeeded by||Jiří Dienstbier Jr.|
|Born||20 April 1937|
|Died||8 January 2011 (aged 73)|
Prague, Czech Republic
|Alma mater||Charles University in Prague|
Jiří Dienstbier (20 April 1937 – 8 January 2011) was a Czech politician and journalist. Born in Kladno, 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 revived the suppressed Lidové noviny newspaper.
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. He died in Prague.
Awards and honors
In 2000, the Vienna-based International Press Institute named him one of its 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 years. In 2013, Dienstbier was posthumously awarded the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award given jointly by the Prague Society for International Cooperation and Global Panel Foundation.
- "Jiri Dienstbier: A Czech's career". The Economist. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "World Press Freedom Heroes". International Press Institute. 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- List of Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award Winners Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine on Praguesociety.org