DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE
As a former Czech journalist I wish to
add a few words to the just concluded
series ahout Radio Free Europe written
for Facts Forum News hy George Brada
from Germany. In the last of the three
articles Mr. Brada mentions my name as
one of those who represent the young
Czech anti-Communist generation in
I want to go on record right here and
now to say that Radio Free Europe's
Czechoslovak desk (I am not familiar with
the other sections) is a complete disgrace,
for the people who are in it . . . represent nothing else hut a Socialist front.
They were the men who together with
the Communists enslaved once-free
Czechoslovakia. They are the ones who
hope to replace one day the Communist
terror with one of their own make, that
of peoples' democratic Socialist terror.
It is a disgrace that this kind of propaganda is presented to the- unfortunate victims of the Socialist-Communist conspiracy in the name of the free United States
of America. . . .
RFE is an excellent iele-a hy itse-If. But
right now. the- only one-s profiting from its
programs are the Communists themselves. . .
.... May I say that we- in Germany
claim to have serine- experience in this
niatte-r. having followe-el the' development
of Radio Free Europe since its inception
in 1950. I do not agree with all Mr. Brada
has saiel concerning this radio station,
especially that Raelio Fre-c Europe and
some of the- affiliated services are part of
the Communist vvorlel conspiracy. The-
truth is perhaps a little hit more simple
or complicated, however you may take it.
I would like- to present ... a few hrief
state'ments which Radio Free Europe cannot eleny:
(1) RFE believes in fighting Communist theories with very similar Socialist doctrines.
(2) RFE believes in tackling Soviet
Russian imperialism hy supporting
Titoist National-Bolshevists in the
(3) RFE helicves that in this way the
satellite countries wili one day
form a new Titoist bloc antl from
there the development of a new
peoples' front, and ultimately free
elections will result.
This is the policy of RFE, and I would
never say that the [Free Europe Committee] therefore knowingly anel uillingltj
gives support to world communism. But
the tnith is that such a policy is ahsol-
ntely in line with coexistence as Moscow
anel Belgrade have planned it to lull the
western powers into a false feeling of
security. Leftist intellectuals everywhere
believe earnestly in this coexistence and
in a ne'vv socialized world of pe-ae-e' and
mutual understanding. . . This earnest
belief exists in RFE, too. . . .
I would venture to say that the millions
of dollars being pourcel into Ratliei Free
Europe arc wasted as long as that organization continues on this le-ttist eemrse-. Coexistence vvill never achieve the goal the
West desires. Today the only alternative
cm he to prepare the truly anti-le-ftist
Brada's name does not appear on the
Furthermore, contrary to Brada's
statement that the Kersten Committee
"put this sham psychological warfare
of BFE in the proper light" (note your
page 16), the Kersten Committee
reached the following conclusions in
its official findings (House Beport
2684) dated December 31, 1954:
"That the United States Information Agency (Voice of America)
and the Committee for Free Europe (Badio Free Europe) are
effective in the fight against communism. They reach the peoples
behind the Iron Curtain with the
truth concerning the policies and
actions of the free world, and also
reveal the lies, distortions, and
treachery put forth by the Communists.
"That in tbe struggle of freedom
versus slavery our broadcasting
media and information programs,
including the Voice of America and
Radio Free Europe and such others as may originate in the United
States, are deserving of much wider support from the public, the
foundations, and from Congress."
Because Badio Free Europe recognizes the elements of East European
countries on the same basis as does
the U. S. government, and refuses to
become involved in the ideological
and territorial disputes of certain refugee groups, it has been subject to constant vitriolic attacks by dissident
political factions, principally the Sudeten Deutsch and Slovak Separatists,
i Mr. Brada lias been affiliated with
elements of both these groups.) Nothing would serve the Communists better than to have Radio Free Europe
become involved in the disputes of
minority ethnic groups and thus dissipate energies needed in working
toward the goal of freedom for tbe
It is not my intention to reply to
Brada's charges point by point. I will,
instead, state some of the basic facts
and policies of Badio Free Europe as
they relate to the article. Thev vvill. I
trust, together with what I have already written, place Mr. Brada's allegations in perspective.
The policy of Badio Free Europe is,
and has always been, to support the
captive peoples behind the Iron Curtain in their efforts to regain their
freedom. In pursuing this policy —
which is a positive expression of the
official policy of the United States government — Badio Free Europe advocates that tbe captive peoples have
the- right to choose their own form of
government under free and democratic elections.
In addressing the captive people?
RFE must speak in terms thev wfl
understand. The countries of Eastern
Europe have never known capitalisijj
as it exists in the U. S. What thev call
"capitalism" is not what we know &
capitalism. Millions of former Socw
Democrats still live in these countries'
especially in Czechoslovakia. In i'!
endeavor to weaken and disrupt Cofl1'
munist control in these countries
Radio Free Europe talks to all tl'
people. Indeed, Radio Free Eun'l"
addresses many of its programs to u"
Communists — programs designed ®
weaken the Communist regimes, n0
Excerpts of RFE scripts are <
course misleading when thev are- tfljl
quoted and taken out of conti
Mr. Brada has done in Facts FortA
News. An example of misrepresent,
tion by the use of this device is lira'''1,.
excerpt from Ferdinand Peroutk3'
May 3, 1953, script. The actual «<,r'[j
ing of this same script is attach*!
hereto. A full reading of Peroutk*
words makes clear, I believe-, what
was trying to get across to his li*
ers: the contrast between the gi-ni"'1'
sense of social responsibility ol
United States, and the Comniiiui*1'
disregard of human welfare.
A few sentences on FerdiBj
Peroutka, head of Badio Free Europ^
Czechoslovak desk, who is singled '\-
by Mr. Brada for special attack, *
Peroutka, a Catholic and P°Hja
independent, was never a Comm"1^
or a pro-Communist. He was an ° i,
standing political writer and j("'r'^-
ist who lived through six years of
prisonment by the Nazis in B'";(,,:
vvalel. He lied "from Czechoslovakia
his life immediately after the Coin"
nist coup in Fcbniary, 1948. (.
No exile from behind the Iron ^
tain is attacked more intensely bv
Communists than Peroutka: nardjl
day passes without the Comin".,,
radio and press pouring out invj*j
against him. Recently the Czech"!
vak newspaper, Mlada Fronln. 9
typical attack on him, stated: I
cannot return to Czechoslovakia- |
you will be tried and execute*!
The primary source of oppositi%i.
Radio Free Europe is in the ^f3
Last October, at tbe Foreign/pr
ters' conference in Geneva, Soviet y
eign Minister Molotov singled ■
Radio Free Europe for his "1(,s /,
lent invective. "The scum of s° j,«
cast out by the Peoples' Democf*
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