The Freedom Lecture: Veronika Munk

Programme editor
Sophie Rutenfrans
Hungarian journalist Veronika Munk will give the 31th Freedom Lecture. As the former deputy-in-chief of news site Index and founder of, Munk is one of the leading figures in Hungary’s continuing struggle for freedom of press.

Hungarian media find themselves in a state of crisis. Newsplatform was long considered to be one of the last remaining independent media outlets in Hungary. On July 24 2020, however, its editiorial staff collectively resigned as they deemed the conditions for the independent operation of the platform to no longer be in place. The walk-out, as well as the mass protests it inspired, point toward the dire state in which Hungarian media find themselves.

During this evening, Veronika Munk will share her personal experiences with Hungary’s hostile media environment. What lessons does she take away from her experience at And how does she reflect upon the future of Hungary’s media and democracy? What role does she see for the new news outlet she initiated,, and how will this platform shield itself from government interference?

Veronika Munk is the former deputy-in-chief of and founder of, a new independent news platform which aims to provide fair and unbiased news coverage.

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Veronika MunkFormer deputy-in-chief of newssite Index and founder of
Jörgen Tjon a Fong
Derk SauerMedia entrepreneur Russia, Uk, Netherlands
Sophie in ’t Veld Member of the European Parliament
The Freedom Lecture

Freedom is something that we in the Netherlands often take for granted. Four times a year, De Balie invites someone who knows from personal experience what it means not to be free. We want to share their stories, spread their message, and learn from their struggle. In the series, De Balie has welcomed freedom fighter like Egyptian writer and activist Nawal el Saadawi, Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha, Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, internet activist Esra’a Al Shafei from Bahrain and Patrisse Cullors & Janaya Khan from the Black Lives Matter-movement.

The Freedom Lecture is made possible by Stichting Democratie en Media en vfonds.