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Polish Press Agency

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Polska Agencja Prasowa
TypeNot-for-profit news agency
IndustryNews media
FoundedWarsaw (31 October 1918)
Headquartersul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw, 00-502 Poland
ProductsNews service
OwnerPolska Agencja Prasowa S.A.
Number of employees
circa 500

The Polish Press Agency (Polish: Polska Agencja Prasowa, PAP) is Poland's national news agency, producing and distributing political, economic, social, and cultural news as well as events information.[1]

The agency has 14 news desks in its headquarters in Warsaw and 24 regional bureaux.[2]

As of 2013, PAP had nearly 500 employees and associates, including 300 journalists in Warsaw, 70 regional correspondents, 40 photojournalists and 30 foreign correspondents (among others in Berlin, Brussels, Kiev, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Sofia, Stockholm, Washington and Vilnius).[3][4]

In May 2018, PAP launched an English-language news portal called that focuses mainly on events in Poland, claiming that international media did not always portray the country "entirely accurately" and with the goal of reaching "specific opinion-forming circles" with the help of social media."[5]

In 2019 the company announced plans to extend its foreign correspondent network to additional countries in Europe, Caucasus, Latin America and Southeast Asia in order to expand its presence in Central European and global markets.[6]

According to the agency's website, its content reaches 96.5% of Polish Internet users via online media.[7]


Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A. was incorporated in 1918 as the Polish Telegraphic Agency (PTA). In 1944 following the Soviet entry into German-occupied Poland, the company was taken over by the Polish communists and set up under its current name as the local alternative to the still functioning Polish Telegraphic Agency loyal to the Polish government in exile from 1939 in Paris and London. During the reign of communism in Poland, PAP was a government institution and the official communist mouthpiece. In 1990 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Europe, the company was reformed and in 1991 the original PTA was finally merged into PAP to form the present-day Agency.[1]

PAP has gradually expanded the number of its news desks, journalists and correspondents. In 1993, the agency launched satellite transmission of its services and started online news distribution in 1995. In 2001, it joined the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA).[8] In the early 2000s, PAP had field reporters covering NATO operations in Iraq.[9]


Polish language services

The Daily News Service is updated on seven-days-a-week basis, 24 hours a day, and offers around 1000 articles everyday, mainly on politics, business, economy, foreign affairs, sports, science and education.[10][11]

The business service is prepared by a team of 35 financial editors and several dozen reporters, supported by numerous domestic and foreign correspondents. It covers more than 1000 capital market entities and provides over 100 news items a day.[12]


PAP-Photo produces and distributes the Daily Photographic Service that offers around 200-300 photos from across Poland and about 1000 images from around the world thanks to the cooperation with the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), with a large archive of photographs available.[13][14]

It also provides video content[15] and infographics service in the form of charts, tables, diagrams, maps, 3D animations and interactive graphics.[16]

Other language services

The Daily News Service is also available in English and Russian. The English service brings major political, economic, social and cultural coverage from Poland and is compiled from PAP regular news service by a team of editors and translators.[17]

In 2022, PAP launched a Ukrainian-language service in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting influx of refugees.[18]

Notable journalists

For many years the celebrated travel writer Ryszard Kapuściński worked as a field reporter for PAP; his posting as the agency's first Africa correspondent provided the material and inspiration for many of his later writings.

Many other prominent Polish journalists and intellectuals worked for PAP at some point of their careers. That includes Wojciech Jagielski[19][20] who has won acclaim for his reportage from conflict zones in the Transcaucasus, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa, renowned lexicographer and publisher Władysław Kopaliński,[21] author, war correspondent and Poland's ambassador to India Krzysztof Mroziewicz,[22] travel writer and sailor Leonid Teliga[23] as well as journalist, columnist and essayist Leopold Unger[24][25][26] who reported for the agency from Havana during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Polska Agencja Prasowa S.A." Bloomberg L.P. 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Kontakt | Polska Agencja Prasowa SA". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  3. ^ "Correspondents and Photographers". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  4. ^ "Polska Agencja Prasowa kończy dziś 95 lat (wideo)". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  5. ^ "The Polish Press Agency's new English-language portal, called 'The First News', launched on Thursday". 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "PAP przedstawia 4-letnią strategię: więcej korespondentów, wiarygodność i jakość informacji". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  7. ^ "Daily News Service". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  8. ^ "About Us". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  9. ^ "Polskie Radio i PAP zostają w Iraku". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  10. ^ "Daily News Service". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  11. ^ "News Desk". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  12. ^ "Biznes". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  13. ^ "News Desk". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  14. ^ "Daily Photographic Service". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  15. ^ "Video". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  16. ^ "Infographics". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  17. ^ "English News Service". Polska Agencja Prasowa SA. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  18. ^ Tomkiw, Lydia (May 12, 2022). "Another language, another alphabet: Polish media adds Ukrainian sections amid war". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  19. ^ "Wojciech Jagielski odchodzi z PAP". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  20. ^ "Wojciech Jagielski po pięciu latach odchodzi z PAP". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  21. ^ "O papowcach po nazwisku". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  22. ^ S.A, Wirtualna Polska Media (2010-08-25). "Krzysztof Mroziewicz". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  23. ^ "O papowcach po nazwisku". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  24. ^ "Biografia - LEOPOLD UNGER". Kultura Paryska - LEOPOLD UNGER. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  25. ^ "Zmarł znany dziennikarz i publicysta Leopold Unger". (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  26. ^ "Zmarł Leopold Unger". Rzeczpospolita (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-13.

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