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Propaganda against the West in the Heart of Europe.
A masked official state campaign in Hungary
KAROLI GASPAR UNIVERSITY OF THE REFORMED CHURCH, HUNGARY
ABSTRACT: There is a twofold crisis in Europe: While mass migration is a serious challenge to the whole EU, we also have member-states striking at the EU itself. Our research shows that Hungary, with its overwhelming political communication, became the first post-socialist EU member state to run official anti-Western propaganda since the end of the Cold War and it seems that other CEE countries will follow its lead. Th e campaign does not go against Brussels directly: the real message
is hidden between the lines. We analyzed 644 pro-government articles on migration issues. The research shows that anti-Brussels narratives were strikingly frequent, and a new “war vocabulary” propaganda campaign started, stating that the EU is fighting against Hungary, so Hungary has to strike back.