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This article was written on 05 Mar 2012, and is filled under Jurnalism.

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Radio Europa Libera in apararea libertatii presei in Ungaria

Intr-un articol publicat de Washington Post, fostul ambasador in Ungaria (1986 – 1990) Mark Palmer, Miklos Haraszti reprezentant specializat in libertatea mass-media pentru OSCE si Charles Gati, lector la universitatea de studii internationale “John Hopkins’s Nitze School”, atrag atentia asupra problemelor legate de libertatea presei din Ungaria.

In ultimele saptamani, guvernul ungar condus de premierul Viktor Orban a atacat frecvent presa straina si rapoartele negative despre democratia ungara prezentate la CNN. Exista maghiarii care pot viziona in continuare CNN, dar din ianuarie, cea mai importanta retea de cablu din tara a eliminat postul din pachetul de baza.

Klubradio,  un popular post de radio independent specializat in “talk”, urmeaza sa fie inchis in aceasta primavara din cauza neacordarii unei noi licente de emisie. Lucrurile nu s-au schimbat nici in urma protestelor pe scara larga in sprijinul acestui radio, un efort sustinut si de secretarul de stat american Hillary Rodham Clinton si Uniunea Europeana.

Acestea fiind spuse, cei trei fac apel la redeschiderea serviciului ungar al postului de radio Europa Libera. “With the fall of Hungary’s Western-style, pluralistic democracy, the time is right for the United States to reinstate Radio Free Europe’s Hungarian-language broadcasts.

While Hungary is a member of both NATO and the European Union, it is at risk of becoming a constitutional dictatorship and a pariah in the West. Its hastily adopted new constitution has no meaningful provisions for checks and balances. All branches of government and all independent institutions, including the judiciary, are controlled by Orban and his party for nine years with automatic renewal for many more similar terms.

Since his election in 2010, Orban has followed a confrontational, nationalist foreign policy vis-a-vis the West, which stands in stark contrast to his approach to the authoritarians in Russia and, especially, China. He speaks kindly of “eastern winds” while predicting the “decline of the West.” He deploys statist yet utterly unpredictable economic policies, precipitating a downgrading of the Hungarian economy to junk status by all three major credit agencies. Finally, Orban is pursuing a ferocious cultural war calculated to court the supporters of Jobbik, an anti-Romany, anti-Semitic far-right party.”

Continuarea, aici.