Widespread rumours that Lajos Simicska will buy Index and that a pro-government consortium plans to take over the main left-wing daily prompt a right-wing analyst to suggest that Index will be put at the service of Jobbik.
According to a news story first published by 168 óra, the main owner of the Vienna-based Mediaworks company hasasked for a meeting with PM Orbán, in an attempt to sell his Hungarian press portfolio, including Népszabadság and Nemzeti Sport (the most popular sports daily). 168 óra writes that a consortium has been set up under the auspices of Lőrinc Mészáros, the Mayor of Felcsút (the Prime Minister’s birthplace) made up of contributions from several enterprises, to prepare for a major publishing investment. Zoltán Spéder, the financier who is now at loggerheads with government circles has a large stake in Mediaworks. He is also the ultimate owner of Index, the most popular online news outlet and is reported to be willing to get rid of his press portfolio. On the other hand, 168 óra reports that Lajos Simicska, former treasurer of Fidesz and now an adversary of PM Orbán has a contractual option to take over Index whenever he chooses.
On 888, Gábor G. Fodor