Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, whose writing had brought him critical acclaim and wide international readership, has died aged 74.

Kapuscinski spent over 40 years observing and writing about conflict around the developing world and lived through 27 coups in places such as Asia, Europe and South America.

In the English-speaking world, he is probably best known for his reporting in Africa in the ’60s and ’70s where he experienced first hand the end of the European colonial empires.

Chris Horrie, journalism tutor at the University of Westminster, said: ‘He was, in my opinion, the greatest journalist of the 20th century, and I believe any person claiming to have a higher qualification in journalism who has not read at least some of his work is a fraud.’

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