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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript » »■ iimm ■■■ DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE READERS' VIEWS 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 e\ile\ 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. . . JlRl FI.VVEl.KA Be-rwyn, Illinois .... 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 sate'llite countries. (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 list. 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 captive peoples. 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 help them. 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 Page 20 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, * perhaps suffice: 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*! high treason!" 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* m Facts Forum News, Mh'J- ,, kfcy 3 dt* in .\ ""'I one- fr'-f :...,„ l'Sll'iilav f»'. "Kis, S«, ev ,have not ''"'terwa; t- ***** g*Wize 1 ihCzec m des mi falism ?H Sr, • an<l Slism Wfocial ,C,tl>' a %fS' ]i e0Pass; L Czef fc>d, of0''* in I reecho fc^ere is Eg Eur, " 12:1 \„ ,"■ hist, • let ,,s t> For
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