To each their own censorship

Podcast

When does political pressure reach its breaking point? As censorship methods get subtler, eastern European journalists rely on the popular support for independent journalism to stand their ground against rampant Orbánization.

How do journalists, academics and artists react to political pressure in their profession, on their institutions? When do they reach a boiling point, and how can they avoid self-censorship? The first part of the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals – entitled ‘Watch your mouth! Journalism now and tomorrow’ – was streamed live from Budapest on Saturday 14 November. The discussion focused on the pressing issues facing independent publishing in central eastern Europe.

Listen to this episode of Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast on SpotifyApple podcastsCastbox, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

You can also watch its twin discussion, in Hungarian with English subtitles, in which journalism students talk their hopes for a professional future in a country where independent media has been decimated.

 

Learn more about the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals here.

Published 11 February 2021
Original in English
First published by Eurozine

© Eurozine

PDF/PRINT

Newsletter

Subscribe to know what’s worth thinking about.

Related Articles

Cover for: Imitation games

Imitation games

The legacy of 1989 on contemporary politics

The events of 1989 unleashed a world of discovery. Economic determinism was replaced by imitation of the West. Was that process authentically spontaneous or were eastern Europeans staging a script they did not write? Either way, imitation created a crisis of identity, the consequences of which are still unfolding.

Cover for: The war for democracy

The governments now sanctioning Russian oligarchs forget to mention that it was the free-market policies of the ’90s that created them. In order to regain the initiative after misreading Russia’s aggression, the Left needs to point out how the war for democracy in Ukraine is part of its own struggle for global justice in the 21st century.

Discussion