Jan Petránek

Jan Petránek (December 28, 1931 – November 10, 2018) was a Czech journalist, commentator and dissident during Czechoslovakia's communist era. He was a signatory of Charter 77.

Petránek was a journalist for Czech Radio, the public radio broadcaster, at the time of the Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He was fired by Czech Radio's management shortly after the invasion, but resumed underground, independent broadcasts during the country's Normalization period.

In the late 1980s, Petránek also became involved with the samizdat publication of the ''Lidové noviny'' newspaper, which had been banned by the Communist government since the 1950s.

Petránek became the editor of the ''Lidové noviny'' once the newspaper was legalized following the Velvet Revolution. He was also rehired by Czech Radio after the fall of communism in 1989.

In 2015, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman awarded Petránek the Medal of Merit.

Petránek died in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 10, 2018, at the age of 86. Provided by Wikipedia
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