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Debate over free speech and censorship

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The leading pro-government daily accuses ‘George Soros and his network’, in a series of articles, of censoring Facebook content and limiting free speech. A liberal commentator finds the accusations absurd. A neoliberal pundit notes that free speech is under threat throughout Europe. READ MORE

European Parliament debates Hungarian emergency measures

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

In the wake of a debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Hungary, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator both find the EP powerless to have a real impact on Hungary’s governance. READ MORE

Police interrogates alleged fake news spreaders

Friday, May 15th, 2020

After Hungarian police interrogated then released two individuals for their Facebook posts critical of the government this week, liberal analysts find their fears justified that the government’s new fake news law threatens the freedom of opinion. 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

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