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Andrea Peto on Academic Freedom

“You can feel how dictatorship works,” our Research Affiliate, Andrea Peto is quoted by The Guardian.

Previously, she was asked by the head of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC) to withdraw criticism in an article that European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), a Europe-wide standards group had failed to confront illiberalism in Hungary and Poland. Andrea Peto claimed in the article that ENQA was unprepared for the illiberal attack, and accused it of staying silent while academic freedom was under pressure. After the request, she resigned in an open letter from HAC’s humanities subcommittee.

“This is not the state, this is not Prime Minister Orbán who is giving orders. Those who make this system work are the kind of ordinary people who are running those institutions. The whole story looks as it had happened in communist Hungary well before 1989,” she said to The Guardian.

The Hungarian online portal also covered the story and quoted Andrea Peto by saying that "it doesn't matter which year we are talking about, because the point is that ENQA is silent when there are fundamental problems.”

She was also interviewed by the Hungarian radio station Klubradio. “The entire Hungarian higher education accreditation system has become an alibi institution,” she said. In the interview she also talked about attacks against gender studies in Hungary.

HAC declined to comment the story.