Hungarian journalist Veronika Munk will give the 31th Freedom Lecture. As the former deputy-in-chief of news site Index and founder of Telex.hu, 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 Index.hu 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 Index.hu? 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, Telex.hu, and how will this platform shield itself from government interference?
Veronika Munk is the former deputy-in-chief of Index.hu and founder of Telex.hu, a new independent news platform which aims to provide fair and unbiased news coverage.
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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.