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Our objective is to provide English speaking readers interested in Hungary with a well balanced view of political activities in Hungary by featuring contents from various printed and online sources together with our own commentaries. We are convinced that Hungary is built on all sorts of different ideas, thoughts and opinions and, despite of the new Media Law, our aim is to provide an alternative and reliable source of information – contrary to the one-sided press of the government – for those who want to hear the voice of a free Hungary.
Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 19:02
Hungarian holding company Opimus has acquired the publisher Mediaworks from Austrian businessman Heinrich Pecina's Vienna Capital Partners, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, bringing the company into government-friendly hands. In response to the scandal, Freedom House issued the following statement: "The suspension and sale of Nepszabadsag show the government's growing influence over Hungary's media. Hungary's government uses ownership as a political tool to silence critical coverage. The EU and the United States should forcefully condemn this attack on the press."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 06:50Read more: Hungary's Opimus acquires Nepszabadsag
Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:59
Opposition DK and other parties have slammed the violent harassment of anti-government protesters by participants at Sunday's state celebrations commemorating Hungary's 1956 revolution.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:59Read more: DK slams the violent harassment of anti-government protesters
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:59
Thousands of people attended the democratic opposition rally commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising was held at Blaha Lujza square in Budapest Sunday afternoon. "Wash away the shame" was the title of th event organized by Szolidaritás (Solidarity) movement and a civil organization by the name of the New Hungarian Republic. Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of the DK party called for cooperation among all "decent" parties with the same goals. The leader of the small Dialogue Party called for all opposition parties to cooperate, while Lajos Bokros of the Modern Hungary Movement announced a 500-day program that would lead up to elections.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:59Read more: Whoever is not against Orbán is with him, Gyurcsány says at opposition rally
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:56
The New York Times reports that jeering protesters with referee whistles disturbed the Hungarian government's commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the anti-Soviet revolution of 1956 on Sunday. A number of those attending the event reacted to the protestors by assaulting them verbally or physically. Well known historian Krisztián Ungváry was punched in the face for blowing a whistle, and members of the press were harassed by private security guards. This is how PM Orban's supporters celebrated the sacrifice of all those who fought against Soviet oppression in 1956.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:56Read more: Angry whistles disturb Orban's commemoration speech of 1956 revolution
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:07
Historian Krisztián Ungváry was physically assaulted and bloodied by supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in front of Parliament, as the nation remembered the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Mr. Ungváry's sin was that he, along with hundreds of Hungarians, blew whistles out of protest during Mr. Orbán's speech.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:07Read more: Violence in Budapest on sixtieth anniversary of 1956 as anti-Communist historian assaulted by...
Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 12:01
Reuters and other leading news agencies report that journalists from Hungary's most popular daily Nepszabadsag published their work on Thursday in Budapest's street newspaper sold by homeless people, seeking to keep the left-wing paper alive after it was shut by its owner this month. Politicians (pictured former PM Gordon Bajnai), public figures and celebrities took selfies in solidarity with the paper and in protest to the Goverments measures to put down press freedom.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:46Read more: Nepszabadsag published in homeless magazine in defiance of government after shut down
Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 07:56
The following statement was issued today by the U.S. Department of State on its website:
"The United States shares the concerns of global press freedom advocates, international organizations, and Hungarian citizens, over the steady decline of media freedom in Hungary.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 07:56Read more: Steady decline of media freedom in Hungary; U.S. Department of State notes
Published on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:24
Hungary's European Union membership is solid as a rock but funding received from the block counterbalance only partly that "the immense capital of the other EU countries is running us down," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told German daily newspaper Passauer Neue Presse in an interview published on Thursday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:24Read more: Hungary’s EU membership is unwavering, PM Orban says
Published on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:09
DK is taping over the government's referendum ads as they believe it is a lie that 98% of citizens agreed with the government's position. It was announced by spokesman Zsolt Gréczy when the first ad was taped over by an activist in Budapest.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:09Read more: DK places 'invalid' stickers on government referendum ads
Published on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:07
"There are no logistical bases for terrorists in Hungary. Anyone who claims otherwise doesn't know the meaning of the expression or is using it as a political stunt.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:07Read more: The bloodbath of Paris and the Hungarian link
Published on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:01
The second instance court trial of the Sukoró case started at the Szeged Tribunal on Friday, with the presentation of the first instance judgment and appeals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:01Read more: Gyurcsány also attended the hearing of the Sukoró case
Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:48
harlie Hebdo, well-known for its divisive caricatures as well as the terror attack committed against it, is playing jokes on Hungary this time. The reason the magazine wrote about Hungary is the recent referendum and the refugee crisis.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:06Read more: Charlie Hebdo is mocking Hungary
Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:44
According to the co-head of LMP Ms. Bernadett Szél, the head of left-wing Democratic Coalition party (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány is the main obstacle to defeating PM Viktor Orbán. Ms. Szél said in an interview on ATV television that her party was founded on the principle of representing a new and alternative ethical and political era in Hungarian public life. According to DK the co-head of LMP has failed to reach her party's goal. The essence of democratic politics is to ask voters to judge politicians. If we don't stand up for this basic idea than we will not be able to make a difference in politics. DK suggests to Ms. Szél that she try to gain the majority's support and to make LMP the biggest party of Hungary through exemplary hard work. In any case, at the moment DK and Mr. Gyurcsány are supported by far more Hungarians that Ms. Szel and her party.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:04Read more: DK suggests more work for the co-head of LMP
Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:52
59 per cent of Hungarians believe that press freedom in Hungary is "strongly limited" and public media outlets provide biased coverage of events, according to a poll conducted for the weekly Sunday newspaper Vasárnapi Hírek.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:52Read more: Most Hungarians Believe Media Freedom Is “Limited”, pollster says
Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 07:04
A few thousand people protested in Budapest on Sunday against the recent closure of leading opposition newspaper Népszabadság, as well as against corruption in the Hungarian government. The demonstration was sponsored by members of small Hungarian opposition parties Együtt (Together), Politics Can Be Different (LMP) and Dialogue for Hungary (PM). A bigger demonstration is to be held on October 23., Hungary's national holyday,sponsored by all the opposition parties (the Socialists and DK as well).
Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 07:04Read more: Thousands protest closure of leading opposition newspaper and corruption in Budapest