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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

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

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