Socialist daily press did enable readers to make up their own minds – although in a limited way, write Anke Fiedler of University of Brussels and Michael Meyen of University of Munich.
Their study looks at the public sphere in Eastern European countries before 1989, using German Democratic Republic (GDR) as an example. Drawing from the Federal archives in Berlin and a series of interviews of former GDR residents, the article discusses the concept of public communication and propaganda.
The article – “The totalitarian destruction of the public sphere?” Newspapers and structures of public communication in socialist countries: the example of the German Democratic Republic – was published as an online-first version in the journal Media, Culture & Society.
It can be accessed here (abstract public).