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Editor of Vasárnapi Hírek leaves suspecting owners’ pact with government

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Zoltán Gál accuses leading socialist personalities of sacrificing him and choosing a more moderate colleague of his as joint editor of Népszava and Vasárnapi Hírek as a result of a deal with governing forces. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s Christmas interview trolled

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

A commentator at Magyar Nemzet views the unprecedented prank as the result of what he calls the government’s efforts to force the media into submission. A left-wing columnist finds it unethical that someone at a local daily adulterated PM Orbán’s Christmas interview. READ MORE

Iconic left-wing TV star switches to HírTV

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

As Olga Kálmán decides to leave ATV for the formerly pro-Fidesz channel, commentators suggest that in his anti-Orbán drive, HírTV owner Lajos Simicska wants to overtake ATV from the left. READ MORE

Western leaders criticised for praising Fidel Castro

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Conservative pundits fulminate that the same Western politicians who often accuse the Orbán government of violating democratic norms remember Fidel Castro as some kind of hero – rather than a dictator with blood on his hands. READ MORE

Ruminations on the state of the public sphere

Friday, November 4th, 2016

A Marxist philosopher accuses the Hungarian government of attacking the foundations of a free society. A pro-government columnist on the other hand thinks that both left- and right-wing elites want to weaken Hungary’s sovereignty. READ MORE

Liberal media accused of double standards

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A pro-government commentator predicts that the Western liberal media will remain silent about the suffering caused by the US-led coalition’s siege of Mosul.  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

Index and Népszabadság for sale?

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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. READ MORE

Bank mogul falls out of favour with government

Friday, June 10th, 2016

News analysts come forward with elaborate theories to explain what appears to be the sudden downfall of Hungarian bank mogul Zoltán Spéder from the echelons of power, but they admit that they lack facts to corroborate their explanations. READ MORE

Journalists leave VS.hu in protest

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

As at least five journalists leave the liberal news site in protest against covert funding by the National Bank, a pro government analyst calls them hypocrites. READ MORE