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Ambassador inaugurated exhibition “Voices of Freedom: Radio Free Europe in the Cold War Era”

On March 12th 2012 Ambassador Jiří Šitler inaugurated together with Mr. Laurentiu Vlad, Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Bucharest an Exhibition on Radio Free Europe.

The exhibition was prepared by the Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Czech Centres to mark 60 years since the Radio Free Europe started broadcasting. It maps the history of the station and its specifics in each of the Visegrad countries, as well as in Romania and Bulgaria.

The exhibition is organised by the Czech Centre Bucharest in collaboration with the Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Bucharest on the occasion of the Czech presidency in the Visegrad Group. The exhibition is held under the patronage of the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Poland and Slovak Republic.

The event included panel discussion on the topic “Radio Free Europe: its legacy in Central Europe and its impact today” with panelists Oana-Valentina Suciu, sociologist, assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences , Sławomir Łukasiewicz head of the Department of the Scientific Research, Polish Institute of National Remembrance, Prokop Tomek, historian, co-author of the exhibition Voices of Freedom: RFE in the Cold War Era and Pavel Žáček from the Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

The film „Cold Waves“, by director Alexandru Solomon was screened as a part of the event.

It was an accompanying event to the One World Romania Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights (www.oneworld.ro).

The exhibition takes place until March 26, 2012 at the Faculty of Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Bucharest, str. Spiru Haret 8.