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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Last month Facts Forum News began a presentation of a critical view of Radio Free Europe, the second installment of which appears on page 23 of this issue. Here is RFE's own version of the effectiveness of the program. Itiijhe Iron Curtain RADIO FREE EUROPE'S OWN STORY-Part I J forces and other special groups. It is a private, not a governmental inued to '"J ltatl°n- It does not broadcast to Soviet ugees from «* fTss„la °7r East Germany, but only to .From all of „" hveiron. Curtain countries named crest was in their to 'lerf above To three of "thosTcouVtries - )f* ^'and, Czechoslovakia and Hungary sentiment ?A , ''delivers a full radio service, in- lers radio l's, t„,f '."S Programs of culture and en- and th«^ ^"ainment as well as news, editorial special icracy alio l"i» m,H„.. ~~1~ Z, '""" "° "cyy=' cul"""" A special J2 IT ' ant'-Communist polemics, and fector" the C "emontrations of the ethics and insti- gime official, I™0™ of true democracy. Its five pened to thJ^S* are national voices-Poles e creed an" fRr'ii'ut char*lSis„ "' c"">IU tneir own name, not in Iliac nt | the name of the U. S. government or write and K ,' , AmCT>ean people. Its chief cen- ones nrogr4*^,of operation is in and around Mu- ' >i P1" in it V ermanv' broadcasts prepared red'knowled^ 15 SV™*0**"*** c"ver,inK «>me By IJer Cent of the rlmlv tnrnl inKina J5 Per cent of the daily total airtime. 11 maintains a ml,,, .„„„■„„ .•„ r>„_*.. 01 K nowledg ''''ctorf^Kar^^V"8 a reIaY service "inPortu" i^ure exceeded St^ Eu^ haS ^ icnt, science-ifrorn abZ " °T"g * h°mVtation ,f them tf^m-Jfr, is borne out by the com- ... ti e h^'Cee L°f l^ and letters' A ref"" '' « C,^adiora°nmdteary SUid' "ThfS T r ,o their c'H'jspeak over it9' A tTw P6°P *° Tid patriots, ged -n."!1 A Bulgarian comment- strong li.|K ind the Ii"n •Id. its. ; ed "Tk .11 "'"K-iiiiin commeni- nk ' En'rr, villagers listen to Radio Free "|lnl,inPe because the programs are evils' ',pokon> understandable to all, on *JWrnf «d Peasants." A Czechoslovak 1 ' t Vnon 1' Ra/,io Free E"r°P<' is the most s nia,or . ( j popular of stations, not only because l'S " Th Xeo™ thf air a1' dav long but also '""'■, t^Vak T °f the ""'"-"elv Czeehoslo- "V s^lsean arfter of the broadcast..- An s ol all f^ilgPee from Poland stated, "Radio workers. Free Europe has t. kt , succeed. lartv mem1* . police, ' Jpers Forum News, February, 1956 Jews, F^r4 ed in establishing a live contact between Poles in Poland and Poles in the West. The programs, obviously broadcast by and for Poles, are based on facts." Letters reaching Radio Free Europe from people behind the Iron Curtain emphasize the kinship that has grown between the RFE stations and people under Communist domination. They usually begin with such salutations as "My fellow countrymen," "Dear compatriots abroad," "Our dear free brethren," "Beloved compatriots." COOPERATION NECESSARY Americans at Radio Free Europe work closely with the exiles — advising, guiding and lending their professional experience to the operation. The American-exile relationship is one of consultation among partners allied in the common struggle for a free world; it has resulted in a competent, professional broadcasting operation that has won the loyalty of millions of listeners. ,A basic concept of Radio Free Europe programming is that truth is the most effective weapon against Communist lies. The truth is used in many ways. It matches the lies and distortions of the Communists with facts — often in such a way that listeners can check the facts with their own eyes and ears. It reports news of the world truthfully. Disagreements among free world nations are neither ignored nor glossed over; they are treated as elements of the democratic pattern, wherein the right to discuss differ ences freely stands in contrast to op- prosivc conditions under Communist rule. Radio Free Europe employs the truth to expose events and conditions which the Communist regimes would prefer to hide from their people. In so doing, it often forces the regimes into admission or false denial of the circumstances. The captive peoples are anti-Communist in overwhelming majority — perhaps 80 to 85 per cent. They listen to all the foreign broadcasts they can. In certain countries—Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, particularly—RFE is adjudged to be the favorite station. It sustains its listeners' belief in the superior strength of the Western powers and the higher moral and material content of democracy. It brings them reasons to continue their persistent opposition to the puppets of Moscow by whom they are governed. It does not incite them to futile and dangerous acts of rebellion but guides their thinking and shows them that their spontaneous blocking of the purposes of each regime is evidence of their growing strength. Radio Free Europe programs weaken the Iron Curtain regimes by spreading dissent among Communists, nourishing the anxieties of regime functionaries, and creating a wholesome fear of retribution among those who refuse to purge themselves of their crimes against their fellow countrymen. John Hvasta, the Czechoslovak-American who was imprisoned in Czechoslovakia for several years, observed that Communists he came in contact with were often influenced by Page 17
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