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Thousands protest closure of leading opposition newspaper and corruption in Budapest

A few thousand people protested in Budapest on Sunday against the recent closure of leading opposition newspaper Népszabadság, as well as against corruption in the Hungarian government. The demonstration was sponsored by members of small Hungarian opposition parties Együtt (Together), Politics Can Be Different (LMP) and Dialogue for Hungary (PM). A bigger demonstration is to be held on October 23., Hungary's national holyday,sponsored by all the opposition parties (the Socialists and DK as well).

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 07:04

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The Guardian: Hungary’s chilling plight could foreshadow Europe’s future

The British daily reports in its today's issue that Hungary's democracy is in mortal danger – and whether it survives will help determine the future of our embattled continent. This weekend the main opposition newspaper – think of it as a Hungarian Guardian – was closed down by its owners after six decades of existence. Its digital archive vanished from the internet; its workers were shut out of their offices and left unable to access emails.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:24

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Former PM Péter Medgyessy: "What happened to Népszabadság, is unacceptable"

According to the former prime minister, Péter Medgyessy, the shut-down of the left-wing daily is unacceptable. He added: "I don't know who is the brain behind this.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 20:05

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DK turns to international forums due to the suspension of Népszabadság

The Democratic Coalition (DK) is turning to international forums concerning the suspension of the opposition paper Népszabadság.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:50

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Hungary's Gov’t curbing transparency reminiscent of communist era, DK says

By planning new rules for billboard advertising and limiting information on tax rebates, the government is clamping down further the public's right to information, following the liquidation of Népszabadság, the Democratic Coalition (DK) said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:24

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Journalists banned for filming in Parliament’s “no-go zones”

Three journalists of the 444.hu news portal were banned from entering Parliament after they made a video in certain parts of the building normally off-limits to visitors, reports the site itself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:20

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“Voldemort” Scandal: Orban's Ruling Fidesz MP Interrogated As Suspect Of Major EU Funding Corruption Scheme

An MP for Hungary's ruling Fidesz party has been interrogated as the suspect of a serious corruption case.Roland Mengyi, who had his immunity revoked by Parliament in mid-August, faced prosecutors on Monday on charges of attempting serious budgetary fraud carried out as a member of a crime syndicate and racketeering.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:53

Read more: “Voldemort” Scandal: Orban's Ruling Fidesz MP Interrogated As Suspect Of Major EU Funding...

Hungary's opposition to mark 60th anniversary of 1956 revolution with joint demonstration

A joint protest is being planned by several opposition parties for October 23, the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, reports Index.hu. The demonstration, called "Let's Wash Off The Dishonor: protest for a European Hungary", was announced in a joint statement by the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Democratic Coalition (DK), Dialogue for Hungary (PM), and the Movement for a Modern Hungary (MOMA) parties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:48

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EU and OSCE "very concerned" about abrupt closure of Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag

The European Commission is "very concerned" about the sudden suspension of 60-year old opposition paper Népszabadság in Hungary, the EC's chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told journalists in Brussels on Monday. He also noted that the EU executive is following "very closely" the unfolding story.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:16

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Democratic Coalition to boycott parliament

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has announced it would stay away from Parliament in future, but deputies would not return their mandate. DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány said that his party had no other choice in light of recent developments. Among the latter, Gyurcsány mentioned lies concerning the outcome of the recent invalid referendum and the politically motivated closure of liberal daily Népszabadság. He also mentioned press reports revealing the prime minister's role in earlier harassment of civil groups. DK's deputies, however, will attend votes requiring a two-thirds majority, so as not to support the government with their absence, Gyurcsány said. DK's leader said that they were aware that their boycott would entail losing their remuneration, but added that deputies would participate in a technical vote once a year so that they can keep their mandate. DK's representatives would continue fulfilling all their obligations outside Parliament, such as keeping contact with voters, he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:45

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Hungary's opposition condemns closure of Népszabadság

Saturday's sudden and unexpected suspension of one of Hungary's oldest and most important opposition newspapers, Népszabadság, has polarized most of the Hungarian political spectrum into solidarity with the paper. Ruling-party Fidesz stands alone in its decision not to condemn the cessation of the print daily and its website, a move most parties regard as an Orbán-directed putsch to dismantle what little remains of press freedom in Hungary.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:49

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Népszabadság “suspension” makes huge echo both in Europe and Hungary

News of the unexpected suspension of 60-year-old left-wing newspaper Népszabadság and its online edition, nol.hu, made headlines around the world on the following days.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:40

Read more: Népszabadság “suspension” makes huge echo both in Europe and Hungary

Demonstration against shutdown of biggest Hungarian daily Népszabadság at Parliament

A demonstration organised by the Facebook group for Freedom of Press was later held by people to express solidarity with Népszabadság on the square in front of Parliament late on Saturday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:30

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Biggest Hungarian political daily Nepszabadsag shut down by new owner, reactions

Népszabadság, Hungary's biggest daily was suddenly shut down on Saturday. It seems that is a Gov't crackdown. The case is unprecedented, but not un expected since the paper uncovered gov't corruption. Last issue of Népszabadság dealt with sticky topics: propaganda minister helicopter trip, National Bank's Governor's girlfriend. Lőrinc Mészáros, the humble pipe-fitter turned billionaire who many in Hungary believe to be Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's strawman, just bought Népszabadság a few days ago, as we could learn from the news recently.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:31

Read more: Biggest Hungarian political daily Nepszabadsag shut down by new owner, reactions

DK wants national security screening of Minister Rogán

New details came to light about the luxury helicopter ride by Antal Rogán (Minister of the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office, responsible for public relations). It turned out that a Mercedes that can be rented for 80,000 forints and a luxury apartment in the Forgách Castle in Mándok that costs 110,000 forints for a night were also used by the minister and his family - opposition Democratic Coalition stated in a press release.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 06:22

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