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Will Simicska wage his media war on his own?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Commentators wonder how far the feud between Prime Minister Orbán and his former friend and treasurer will go, and what impact it will have on the main right-wing media outlets which are ultimately owned by the latter. READ MORE

Simicska bitterly opposed to 5 per cent advertising tax

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The dailies build long stories around one single sentence uttered by the owner of Magyar Nemzet and HírTV, according to which any increase in the ads tax to be paid by most media outlets will lead to “a total media war.” (According to estimates, this would mean an increase from the current 0.5% or 1% ad tax to around 5%) READ MORE

Might Simicska run for Veszprém seat?

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Commentators across the political spectrum believe that if the Fidesz tycoon does actually challenge the official Fidesz candidate in the by-election scheduled for February next year, then the rift between him and  the Prime Minister must be even more serious than observers realised.


Cracks on both sides before municipal elections

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A left-liberal webmagazine expects a real clash within the Fidesz camp after the municipal elections in October, while a pro-government commentator suggests that “a new era will begin” on both sides. READ MORE

Was Közgép’s ad an attempt to bribe Népszava?

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Leading Socialist politicians condemn Népszava for printing a full page advertisement by Közgép, a construction company widely believed to be the backbone of a Fidesz-friendly business empire. The editor-in-chief asks why it is necessary to throw away money that helps keep the daily afloat. READ MORE

LMP protesting against “oligarchs”

Friday, July 13th, 2012

In a comment on the LMP’s protest action against what they consider the government’s clientelism and corruption, one left-wing commentator criticizes the party for what he considers an ineffective theatrical performance. The leading left-wing daily, on the other hand, contends that the LMP managed to make its point, while a pro-government columnist considers the protest unserious. READ MORE