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Constitutional Court calls for new law on right of assembly

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

As Hungary’s top court rules that the police did not violate the Constitution by banning a demonstration planned in 2014 in front of PM Orbán’s home, commentators and experts disagree on whether the present legislation on the right of assembly should be reformed or not. READ MORE

Fear of terrorism haunts Europe

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

As terrorism alerts are announced in Europe and Brussels is closed off for days, columnists on both Left and Right ponder how much freedom we should sacrifice for the sake of security. 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

Remembering the fall of the Iron Curtain

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Looking back on the 1989 Pan-European Picnic, a pro-government commentator contends that at the time, Hungarians had unrealistic hopes about the transition. He also believes that the West should show more respect towards Hungarian sovereignty. A left-wing columnist accuses PM Orbán of knocking liberal democracy again. READ MORE

Protests over media issues

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Several Hungarian news portals protest against the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of Origo, and Népszabadság‘s editor believes that journalists are under serious and growing pressure. READ MORE