Hungary Lacks Information Sovereignty

To Save Freedom, Americans Will Open a Radio Station in Hungary that Operated during the Cold War

12 September 2019

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

The announcement that Radio Free Europe will resume in Hungary has been welcomed with mixed feelings.

On the one hand, there is enthusiasm – especially by a group of journalists and experts who have raised alarm bells about the gradual collapse of the democratic system in this country. However, for those who remember the recent past correctly, the development comes as a bitter reflection that Hungarian freedom must again be defended by an agency from the Cold War set up in the United States.

Hungary was then recognized as an society without information sovereignty (meaning the people did not have access to reliable information), and now, once again, freedom will be sustained by an American institution.

A distorted view

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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