I am writing to follow up on my email from yesterday.
As you might be aware, the Hungarian government's efforts to shut down Central European
University, my home university, of which I am so proud.
CEU is reaching out to friends and colleagues around the world for support to face down this threat.
I am writing to ask you to send a
letter of solidarity with CEU to the Hungarian authorities. CEU has set
up a webpage https://www.ceu.edu/istandwithceu that includes a draft
letter and contact information for emailing letters to the Hungarian
government, and #istandwithCEU. We would also welcome institutional letters of support, in additional to your individual letters.
We need your help in promoting this issue and sharing it with your friends, colleagues and networks around the world
There can be no doubt this is a
politically motivated attack on civil society, free expression, academic
freedom and critical thinking. CEU's President and Rector has publicly
stated the proposed legislation from the Hungarian government, which
would make it impossible for us to exist, amounts to "political
vandalism."It is unclear when the Hungarian
Parliament will bring this proposal to a vote, so time is of the essence
for these letters of support. CEU is committed to fighting this
legislation at every level.
There's no surer sign you're on the right side of history than
when authoritarian regimes try to shut you down.
Kate Coyer, PhD
Center for Media, Data and Society,
School of Public Policy
Central European University
Berkman Klein Fellow,