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From the Editor-in-Chief
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Marking Quarter of a Century
September 30, 2013   
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Twenty-five years is quite a while—even in the history of a country and society, let alone in the life of an individual. Twenty-five years ago the first issue of The Warsaw Voice was published, dated Oct. 23, 1988.

Including this latest issue, we have published 1,157 issues of our magazine in total—roughly 11.57 million copies. Multiply that by two or three, and you have the total number of people who have read The Warsaw Voice over the years. Add to that our online publications—that’s about 30,000 readers per month at present.

Much has changed over the last quarter-century. We used to be a weekly, now we are a monthly, but one with an online daily news service. We have changed the size and layout of the magazine and the publishing technology, in other words everything that goes with technological progress. When deciding to offer our readers services using new technology (we were among the first in Poland to do so), we also considered the way the needs, habits and mindset of our audience have evolved over the last 25 years.

Meanwhile, our mission statement has not changed. We remain faithful to our professional standards. We have always aimed to depict Poland accurately, because that’s what we understand as the essence of responsible journalism. We have never given in to pressure from anyone, at home or abroad, and have taken pains to ensure The Warsaw Voice is a valuable source of independent, objective and truthful information.

Poland, however, has undergone huge changes over the past quarter of a century. Twenty-five years ago, the Central Office for the Control of Publications and Public Performances—the communist censorship bureau—was still in operation. Tens of thousands of Soviet troops were stationed in Poland and other countries of the region, and Poland’s gross domestic product was half of what it is today. Poland had a completely different set of neighbors: not a single country of those that neighbored Poland in 1988 is still in existence. East Germany, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia are no more. Today Poland borders a reunited Germany, Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Poland is now a member of NATO and the European Union, and Polish people do not need visas or passports to travel to countries in the Schengen zone.

Readers abroad know more about Poland these days; about business and politics here, about Poland’s culture and economy as well as its tourist attractions. But there will always be plenty to do for a news magazine because information today is just as essential as air, water and food.

As the founder of The Warsaw Voice and its editor-in-chief from the very beginning, I look back on those 25 years with gratitude. I would like to thank our readers for being with us; my colleagues for their efforts in this undertaking; our business partners for their patience and perseverance; our sponsors and advertisers for their confidence in us. Last but not least, I would like to thank my beloved wife—for everything.
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