Cold War radio and the Hungarian Uprising, 1956

Webb, Alban (2013). Cold War radio and the Hungarian Uprising, 1956. Cold War History, 13(2) pp. 221–238.



Overseas broadcasting during the Hungarian uprising indicated a new phase in the relationship between the media and the international events they report. Mapping the course of the uprising for Hungarian and global audiences alike, the western radios occupied multiple broadcast, diplomatic, and cultural terrains. The anticommunist rhetoric of their output allied to their perceived influence on listeners behind the Iron Curtain made the Hungarian uprising a cause ce´le`bre of international broadcasting: one that revealed both the strategic significance of cold war radio as well as the limits of its use as a tactical weapon.

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