About the Author

ROBERT STEFANICKI is a Polish journalist based in Warsaw, staff writer to “Gazeta Wyborcza” liberal daily, author of a non fiction book “Red Tibet. Communism in the Land of Snow” (Czerwony Tybet. Komunizm w Krainie Śniegu), accidental correspondent to Inter Press Service, sometimes a traveller and amateur photographer.

Most of my professional life – since 1996 – have been working for „Gazeta Wyborcza”, the largest daily paper in Poland, as a expert on developing countries, security, humanitarian issues, political transition, relation North-South.

Meanwhile in 2005 I got a job of foreign affairs editor in new Polish daily „Polska”, published in cooperation with London „Times”. Then, after several years of freelancing for major weekly magazines like “Newsweek Polska” and “Tygodnik Powszechny“, back to “Gazeta Wyborcza” again.

I used to write articles for IPS about human rights, environmental and development issues – you can read them here. Also contributed to Polish „Quarterly of International Affairs” and an American monthly „World Press Review’’. Click here to find my example report from Baghdad, three months after the war, in English.

On this website you can find one chapter of my book in English. The efforts to publish “Red Tibet” abroad so far failed, despite some interest in UK and India, because my Polish publisher did not like to cover the cost of translation…

Not least, my portfolio includes travel reports with photos – please click on Photo Galleries.

Among my humble achievements are:

  • Amnesty International award for human rights publications from Iraq;
  • Nomination to Beata Pawlak Award, being granted for „journalism promoting rapprochement of different cultures”;
  • In 2010 found myself among the winners of the competition for development bloggers organized by European Journalism Centre in Brussels;
  • In 2013 received Afrykas Award for “engagement in the dialogue with Africa”.

In my free time I do scuba-diving, skiing, sailing, scrabbling and movies-watching.

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