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Magyar Idők published as Magyar Nemzet

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Four years after its transformation into a government-critical daily, and nine month after it was closed down, Magyar Nemzet has been relaunched by the editors of Magyar Idők. It is practically Magyar Idők with just the title being changed. The new Magyar Nemzet claims that it will stand for national sovereignty. A left-wing critic believes it will function as a government mouthpiece. READ MORE

Producer Andy Vajna dead

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The leading pro-government daily bids farewell to Andy Vajna, praising his contribution to Hungarian film making. A liberal commentator suspects a fight over his media holding and casino concessions will follow. READ MORE

Opposition MPs stage sit-in at public TV

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

After the fifth day of demonstrations against the government, commentators ponder whether the recent series of protests might lead to the birth of a new united opposition, or whether attempts by hitherto unpopular opposition parties to lead the new movement will fail to produce new supporters. READ MORE

Independent conservative weekly relaunched

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Editors of the former Heti Válasz weekly which was shut down last summer launched Válasz Online on Monday. Former Hungarian President László Sólyom welcomes the relaunching of the moderate conservative online news outlet. READ MORE

Massive media conglomerate created on the Right

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Liberal commentators think that the centralization of pro-government media outlets will further strengthen the government’s dominance over public opinion. READ MORE

Dispute over US Ambassador’s comments

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

A Hungarian-American liberal commentator lambasts the new US Ambassador to Budapest for ignoring what he sees as the decline of democratic norms in Hungary. His pro-government counterpart welcomes Mr Cornstein’s words. READ MORE

Mainstream media accused of bias

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

A conservative commentator suggests that mainstream parties play into the hands of extremist parties by ignoring people’s fears of immigration, and by dismissing critics of immigration as neo-Nazis. READ MORE

The dream to relaunch of Radio Free Europe – a critical view

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

A left-wing sociologist criticises those liberal intellectuals who are urging the United States to relaunch broadcasts by Radio Free Europe in Hungarian. He calls their idea an expression of political parochialism. READ MORE

Fidesz dominates the media landscape

Monday, August 6th, 2018

After the ‘recapture’ of HírTV’ by the government side, left-wing commentators paint a bleak picture of the Hungarian media landscape, while a pro-government author lays the blame at the door of the tycoon who lured conservative journalists into his anti-Orbán offensive and then left them in the lurch. READ MORE

More on HirTV takeover

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

A left-wing analyst believes the government side was led by an emotional need to recapture HírTV from its critics, while a pro-government commentator excoriates the left-liberal demonstrators who protested against the takeover. READ MORE