July 24, 1997 |
Twenty stories above the Oder River, whose ravenous waters have been devouring this weary Silesian city for nearly two weeks, sits an exhausted man in a camouflage vest tending a mug of nasty-looking coffee. Jacek Scioblowski's office is about the size of a walk-in closet. The floor is a jumble of wading boots and discarded rain gear. The ashtray desperately needs emptying, and cellular telephones are recharging in every outlet.
May 24, 1990 |
A press officer for Poland's new Solidarity-led government had just finished giving his first briefing to the news media last year when several local reporters followed him back to his office. "What are we supposed to write? What were the most important points?" they asked the official, who was shocked to encounter such a subservient press corps. While the Communist lock on political power in Poland has ended, the journalistic practices associated with the regime have not.
March 11, 1989 |
The government on Friday gave Solidarity the right to publish its own daily and weekly newspapers but refused to grant the banned union's demand for access to state-owned television. Representatives at the 4-week-old Solidarity-government talks, however, made progress on a formula for indexing wage increases. The two sides agreed on a level of 80% of the rate of inflation, which exceeded 60% in 1988.
March 3, 1987
Polish police raided the apartment of opposition activist Jacek Kuron to break up a news conference for Western reporters about political repression in Poland. Kuron was warned he will face a misdemeanor court for hosting the 11 Western journalists. Police detained Zbigniew Rmaszewski, a senior adviser to the outlawed Solidarity labor movement, but released him after an hour of questioning.