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Magyar Nemzet shuts down

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

As media tycoon Lajos Simicska withdraws from several important outlets, commentators complain that a piece of Hungarian history is disappearing with the daily Magyar Nemzet – unless a political investor manages to save it. READ MORE

Debate over the political role of the media

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A pro-government commentator speculates that in case of a Fidesz defeat in the election, the opposition would eliminate all critical media outlets. A conservative critic of the government thinks that Fidesz overestimates the importance of the media. READ MORE

Rumors about new media chamber membership rules

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Left-wing, liberal and conservative critics of the government suggest that the government wants to silence independent and critical media by establishing a new media chamber with specific rules. READ MORE

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

Left and right trade accusations of media bias

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
A pro-government media outlet accuses a left-wing journal of distorting the news by failing to properly report acts of terror committed by a person of immigrant background. A left-wing blogger thinks it is the pro-government media which is highly biased against migrants.

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Competition sharpens on the Left

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán. READ MORE

Parliament adjusts advertisement tax rate

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

A left-wing columnist interprets the new advertisement tax rules as discriminatory. He accuses the government of intending to silence media outlets critical of the current regime. READ MORE

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