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Polish editor, a former dissident, wins top Spanish award

MADRID — A former Polish dissident and human rights activist who is editor-in-chief of one of Eastern Europe’s most popular newspapers has won a prestigious Spanish award.

The jury that decides the announced Wednesday that won its annual prize for communication and humanities.

The jury said that the 75-year-old was honored “for his commitment to quality and for his influence in restoring and defending democracy in .”

The citation noted that Michnik was a prominent figure in Poland’s Solidarity pro-democracy movement and was imprisoned in the 1980s for his efforts to end his country’s repressive communist rule.

After Poland’s communist leaders were toppled in a 1989 election, Michnik took a seat in parliament and was a co-founder of the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.

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