Warszawa, Poland Current Affairs February 28 @ 11:11am
Illiberal leaders in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have long showed a similar distrust to independent media and journalists. Slovakia’s PM called them “anti-Slovak prostitutes”, while largest opposition newspapers in Hungary were shut and then taken over by pro-governmental oligarchs. In Poland, the ruling party's decision to limit the number of journalists allowed to cover parliamentary sessions, sparked massive protests in December. Why local illiberals are so afraid of independent journalism? Can, paradoxically, their policies contribute to revival of investigative journalism (recently visible in Hungary)? I would show a bigger picture of how illiberals treat media with some references to earlier actions, such as media laws in Hungary and Poland. I would also talk with journalists from all countries in question, from both sides of political debate.