On June 18, Aleksy Dzikawicki, a member of the Rada BNR, has handed a Belarusian Democratic Republic (BNR) 100th Jubilee Medal to Belsat TV Director Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy.
The Belarusian Democratic Republic (Belarusian People’s Republic, BNR) came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate. The Lukashenka regime failes to recognize March, 25 as Freedom Day and often prevents the opposition from celebrating it.
The medal is awarded for lifelong achievements in the fulfillment of the ideals of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, including research and the popularisation of Belarus, the strengthening of and achievement of the independence of Belarus, and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Belarus. Such medals have been granted to more than 130 persons from Belarus and abroad, the official website of the Rada BNR in Exile reports.
Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy is a Polish TV and newspaper journalist and director of Belsat TV, Since 1992 she has been closely cooperating with Polish Public Television (TVP). She was a head of reporters’ team, Vice Director of News Department (Wiadomości TVP), a domestic and foreign reporter, a news editor. She performed duties of Director of TVP Polonia and was in charge of TVP Department in Białystok. It is her who came up with the idea of establishing Belsat, the first and still only independent Belarusian TV channel.
Photos by Yuliya Shablouskaya, belsat.eu