Post Tagged with: "Hungarian Media"

The Soros mercenary list in Figyelő. Photo: Tamás Botos / 444

Fidesz begins intimidation campaign against civil society with Soros mercenary list

Attila Chikán, the Minister of the Economy during the initial years of the first Orbán government (1998-2002), broke down in tears on live television Thursday night. He was one of hundreds of mostly private Hungarian citizens who were listed in the Figyelő propaganda weekly as being “mercenaries of Soros.” Barely 11 years ago, on the nineteenth anniversary of Fidesz, Viktor Orbán […]

by · April 13, 2018 · Politics
Magyar Nemzet, with the news of Jobbik leader Gábor Vona resigning on its cover.

Hungary’s Magyar Nemzet newspaper to shut down and Heti Válasz weekly in crisis

Hungary’s largest circulation national daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, announced that it is ceasing publication–both in print and online. A few hours later we learned that a 26 year old politician whose mother happens to be Viktor Orbán’s ally and historian, has the millions of euros at his disposal, through a family inheritance, needed to buy the country’s main daily newspaper, […]

by · April 10, 2018 · Politics
The Politis logo

Politis — A Hungarian experiment in media and civic engagement

Gergely Dudás, the former editor-in-chief of Index, one of Hungary’s main online news sites, has launched an experiment that will test whether there is enough civic engagement in Hungary to build a high quality, independent news publication purely through community support. The site, Politis.hu, sounds a lot like a Hungarian version of Politico: it will focus on domestic political reporting […]

by · November 22, 2017 · Politics
Mayor Bogdán and Consul General Ferenc Kunim (right) - friendly cooking in New York.

Hungary’s government media discredits mayor of Cserdi, László Bogdán

This is a case study of Hungary’s government sponsored “mob journalism.” Within weeks the celebrated mayor László Bogdán, Hungary’s successful Roma leader, has become an enemy of the people. David Kostelancik, the top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about disappearing independent media outlets. He has said that the remaining independent media “face pressure and intimidation.” “Government allies have […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Politics
László Juszt

Russia Today and Hungary

The story of how Moscow attempted to expand the Russia Today state television network to Hungary, by setting up a Hungarian-language affiliate, is both strange and murky. What we know is that Moscow was interested in establishing a state propaganda media arm in Hungary and the strongest and perhaps first high profile supporter of this initiative was István Lovas, a […]

by · September 26, 2017 · East
Ripost – The pro-Fidesz tabloid that gets 97% of its ad revenue from the government

Ripost – The pro-Fidesz tabloid that gets 97% of its ad revenue from the government

Ripost.hu is one of Hungary’s bottom of the barrel political tabloids: an online publication that specializes in seedy, politically motivated character assassinations against opponents of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party. Ripost is the publication that took a photograph completely out of context, in order to insinuate that Jobbik leader Gábor is a homosexual and participates in gay orgies. Earlier this spring, […]

by · June 6, 2017 · Politics
Judit Petényi

Ottawa’s Hungarian radio broadcast goes silent after 13 years

CHIN Radio’s weekly Hungarian-language program had its final broadcast on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. The radio show has been a staple of the multicultural radio station’s programming for more than 13 years and was among the first multilingual broadcasts after CHIN FM 97.9 received its license to operate in Ottawa in late 2001. The weekly “Hungarian hour,” initially broadcast at […]

by · June 5, 2017 · Diaspora
Source: 444.hu

Fidesz dominance of Hungary’s rural media depicted on a map

The liberal 444.hu website provided a very useful service in the first days of the new year: it created a map depicting just how extensively interests close to the governing Fidesz party control the most important publications in Hungary, namely the county-level and local dailies and weeklies. It’s worth noting that in Hungary, regional papers are much more widely read […]

by · January 3, 2017 · Politics
Mária Schmidt. Photo: MTI

Hungary loses yet another independent publication – Government historian buys weekly paper

One of Hungary’s national political weekly magazines, Figyelő, was bought by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s former adviser and government historian Mária Schmidt on Monday. While Ms. Schmidt promises to keep publishing the weekly, it is all but certain that the publication’s critical, independent voice will be gone. Figyelő will almost certainly follow the fate of the online publication Origo, or […]

by · December 5, 2016 · Politics
Company with ties to Fidesz party buys Népszabadság’s publisher

Company with ties to Fidesz party buys Népszabadság’s publisher

On Tuesday, a company called OPIMUS PRESS Zrt announced that it has acquired Mediaworks, the Austrian-owned firm that published Hungary’s largest opposition daily, Népszabadság, which it shut down amidst international scandal just over two weeks ago. OPIMUS PRESS Zrt, part of the OPIMUS Group, is a firm affiliated with Lőrinc Mészáros, the billionare Fidesz mayor of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s […]

by · October 25, 2016 · Politics