11 sept. 2020

Just like freedom of artistic expression requires artists to be independent and free of governmental censorship, political interference or pressures of non-state actors, sound academic practice requires universities’ academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Both are key indicators are the quality of the national social contract.

We join our Hungarian Film Directors colleagues in supporting the students and Senate of the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts in their actions against a re-organisation which has effectively resulted in the university’s loss of academic autonomy.

This situation illustrates growing pressure on our common EU democratic standards and cannot be overlooked.

We call on European institutions to insist on a prompt resolution of the situation with the Hungarian government.

 

Contact: Pauline Durand-Vialle, CEO – pdv@filmdirectors.eu – +32 551 08 94

 

Download the Statement PDF version here.

 

Background Information

 

IN THE PRESS

 

September 3 – 3sat

https://www.3sat.de/kultur/kulturzeit/ungarn-studentenprotest-100.html?fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

September 3 – Human Rights Watch

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/09/03/hungary-continues-attacks-academic-freedom

 

September 4 – Euronews

https://www.euronews.com/2020/09/04/hungarian-students-blockade-university-in-protest-against-orban-reforms?fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

September 5 – Nachtkritik

https://www.nachtkritik.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18537%3Asolidaritaet-fuer-universitaets-besetzung-in-budapest&catid=126%3Ameldungen-k&Itemid=100089&fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

September 5 – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/sep/05/pieces-of-a-woman-director-gender-neutral-awards-a-logical-move?fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

September 5 – Trouw

https://www.trouw.nl/buitenland/hongaarse-theaterstudenten-bezetten-universiteitspand-uit-protest-tegen-inmenging-kunstonderwijs~b3566c76/?fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fl.facebook.com%2F

 

September 6 – ABC News

https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Entertainment/wireStory/hungarys-theater-film-college-protests-loss-autonomy-72850475?fbclid=IwAR1aOq2ZoWite6o_RuPAYB_nUaDL7aKHIrt8m35plrxiJkuV6ELAzq7txB4

 

September 6 – New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/world/europe/hungary-students-blockade-orban.html

 

September 6 – Washington post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/hungarys-theater-and-film-college-protests-a-loss-of-autonomy/2020/09/06/16b11204-f059-11ea-8025-5d3489768ac8_story.html?fbclid=IwAR1aOq2ZoWite6o_RuPAYB_nUaDL7aKHIrt8m35plrxiJkuV6ELAzq7txB4

 

September 7 – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54052182?fbclid=IwAR1aOq2ZoWite6o_RuPAYB_nUaDL7aKHIrt8m35plrxiJkuV6ELAzq7txB4

 

September 7 – Le Monde

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/07/en-hongrie-la-faculte-de-theatre-et-de-cinema-visee-a-son-tour-par-viktor-orban_6051264_3210.html?fbclid=IwAR3d-tv36GgMuBq3mpG-dPsnAtB99io1AHW-BkcXrC2XzsHmVUjc5vIlpBE

 

 

FIRST EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT TO THE MOVEMENT

 

#freeSZFE on Social Media

 

The European Film Academy

https://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/News-detail.155.0.html?&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=810&cHash=9708c141703b8240bbd1a0fc933636ef&fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

MDW – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

https://www.mdw.ac.at/1161/?fbclid=IwAR2rwQ8DkKs1pXyIoy4BIjV-3PU2PYcD9WLkTaie9_cyBkEgg_k3977hmqI

 

Burgtheater

https://www.facebook.com/Burgtheater/

 

And many more.