The pandemic did not kill the far right. Nor did it stifle media interest in the topic. The painstaking attention devoted to the formation of a ‘Far-Right International’ revolving around the Hungarian Fidesz, the Italian League, and the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) parties is a good case in point.
In three of the Visegrad Four countries – Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – press freedom is in decline, according to the World Press Freedom Index 2021 published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
No, the so-called solidarity tax that has been proposed in Poland is not about supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as the government claims. Instead, it is meant to hit independent media outlets, especially those that have vocally criticized the ruling party.
Because of unprecedented technological and societal developments, the dilemma around free speech and power of private companies to restrain it will not be resolved by relying on solutions implemented in the past. These paradigmatic changes will require utterly innovative approaches and gives an opportunity for Transatlantic cooperation – writes Miroslava Sawiris, GLOBSEC.