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The Death of the Journalist Mr. Jan Jůn
On Saturday 23rd July 2022, Mr. Jan Jůn, a Czech journalist living in the United Kingdom, died after a short, serious illness.
Jan Jůn graduated at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism of Charles University. In Czechoslovakia he worked as an editor in the newspaper 'Svobodné slovo', in the publishing house Avicenum. After emigration, he was the editor or chief editor of the British magazines 'Time & Tide', 'Property Monthly Review' and 'Property Gazette'.
He later worked as an editor of the Czech broadcast of the radio Free Europe in Munich. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 he moved to Prague, where he worked for Czech Radio. He continued to work with the radio as an external commentator and the London correspondent of the newsroom.
Jůn published his texts in the magazines 'Přítomnost', 'Vesmír' and the magazine 'Prostor'. He translated and edited specialised reports from Central and Eastern Europe for Bloomberg. In London, he and his father Lang published the 'London Papers' for many years.
As an author, Jan Jůn focused on international relations and political events especially in Western Europe, he also paid attention to events in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. For a long time, as a publicist, he also dealt with astronomy, about which he prepared radio programmes and wrote articles.
In 1999, he was awarded by the Ferdinand Peroutka Award.
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