Seven Polish writers declined to accept the ‘Gloria Artis’ medals from the Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński. The writers who did not appear at the ceremony had written to the minister, complaining about the “politicisation of culture” and the alleged “breaking of democratic principles.” Kazimierz Orłoś, Piotr Matywiecki, Tomasz Łubieński, Iwona Smolka, Adriana Szymańska, Maria Jentys-Borelowska and Grzegorz Kasdepke all rejected the medals.

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