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Debate over media freedom

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

As the US charge d’affaires and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union express concerns over the freedom of the media, a left-wing commentator accuses the government of trying to suppress critical voices in the media. A pro-government columnist remarks that the most popular media outlets are harsh critics of the government. READ MORE

Diplomatic row over remarks by the US charge d’affaires on the press 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

A pro-government columnist criticizes the US charge d’affaires for accusing the Hungarian government of interfering with the media. A left-wing analyst thinks that Hungarian-US relations are unlikely to improve under the Trump administration.    READ MORE

Polarization as a threat

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

A centrist commentator thinks that in Hungary both Left and Right want to silence voices that do not fit their own ideology. READ MORE

Népszabadság shuts down

Monday, October 10th, 2016

On Saturday, the management of Népszabadság suspended all operations of Hungary’s leading left-wing daily. A left-wing columnist accuses the government of  being behind the owners’ decision, while pro-government commentators accept their explanation that they wanted to cut losses. READ MORE

Ruminations on the EU-Turkey migrant deal

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Two conservative commentators criticize the EU for abandoning its core principles and trusting its security to Turkey. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, hopes that the lifting of the Turkish visa requirement will strengthen democrats in Turkey without compromising the EU’s security. READ MORE

Holocaust denier sentenced to fine – or jail

Monday, January 11th, 2016

As a Facebook commenter is sentenced to pay a high fine or go to prison for Holocaust denial, commentators wonder whether  sanctioning hate speech makes sense as a means of fighting anti-Semitism. READ MORE

Hungary divided at 1848 national unity commemoration

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

As Hungary celebrates the anniversary of the 1848 revolution, commentators both on Right and Left call for national unity and accuse each other of further polarizing the nation. READ MORE

Racist website ordered to delete article denying the Holocaust

Monday, January 19th, 2015

As a Court rules against the anti-Semitic and anti-Roma website kuruc.info, a liberal blogger calls the legal ban of Holocaust denial counterproductive. A left-wing lawyer criticizes the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) for offering legal help to the radical website. READ MORE

Lessons of the Charlie Hebdo attack

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Commentators across the political spectrum try to assess the long-term consequences of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Among other issues, they dispute whether free speech can or should ever be constrained in order to protect religious sensibilities and avert fundamentalist violence. READ MORE

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Left-wing journalists contend that the Charlie Hebdo murders should be interpreted as an act against free speech. A conservative columnist suggests that journalists should show more caution and abstain from provoking radicals through publishing tasteless content that can be interpreted as blasphemy. READ MORE