Polish Press Agency
|Not-for-profit news agency|
|Headquarters||ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw, 00-502 Poland|
|Owner||Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A.|
Polish Press Agency (Polish: Polska Agencja Prasowa, PAP) is a Poland's news agency owned by Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A., producing and distributing political, economic, social, and cultural press releases as well as events info and online news, in a similar way to Reuters, Agence France-Presse, AP and UPI.
Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A. was incorporated in 1918 as the Polish Telegraphic Agency (PTA). In 1944 following the Soviet entry into occupied Poland, the company was taken over by the Polish communists and set up under its current name as the local alternative to the still functioning Polish Telegraphic Agency loyal to the Polish government in exile since 1939 in Paris and London. During the reign of communism in Poland PAP was a government institution and the official communist mouthpiece. In 1990 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Europe, the company was reformed and in 1991 the original PTA was finally merged into PAP to form the present day Agency.
For many years the celebrated travel writer Ryszard Kapuściński worked as a field reporter for PAP; his posting as the agency's first Africa correspondent provided the material and inspiration for many of his later writings.
- "Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A.". Bloomberg L.P. 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
- http://www.pap.pl homepage