Some 300 protestors attended Sunday afternoon’s demonstration for media freedom jointly organized by opposition parties Együtt (Together) and PM (Dialogue for Hungary).
A thousand people traveled to the prime minister’s home town of Felcsút on Saturday to attend the dedication of the Bertalan Two-Tailed Space Station. The imaginary facility (presumably built with copious EU funds) was the latest act of political satire to be staged by Hungary’s Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP). According to the two-day event’s Facebook […]
Roma (“gypsy”) activist Jenő Setét believes it is time for the Roma to develop self-awareness and stand up for their own interests and rights, and become conscious citizens.
Whether or not Hungary could really be considered a mafia state was the subject of a discussion Monday evening between Hungarian sociologist and former liberal politician, Bálint Magyar, author of “Hungarian Octopus: The Post-Communist Mafia State” and Transparency International CEO József Péter Martin hosted at the Buda Liberal Club. “Does corruption characterize Hungary or something else? Is […]
“Who would have thought half a year ago that once again they would shout ‘Russians go home’ in the streets of Budapest?” – József Kajdi, Trustee, Freedom and Reform Institute “The Kremlin’s goal is to create chaos and destabilize.” – Edit Zgut, analyst, Political Capital This was the name of the conference held in Budapest on […]
Two liberals give their thoughts on the prospects of defeating Fidesz in 2018.
The news conference between visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán began after a 45-minute delay on Thursday afternoon in Budapest. In the press conference — at which, during the Hungarian press segment, only two pro-government news outlets got a chance to ask questions — it was announced that several bilateral agreements had […]
“For years we’ve prepared a so-called ‘light censorship report’ but this expression is a euphemism. There really isn’t any point to calling it light.” “Let’s not be ashamed to call the system autocratic.” “Public service media has failed in Hungary.” “No trace of media pluralism remains.” These and similar statements were made at Wednesday’s “What […]
The following interview with media analyst Ágnes Urbán took place during Wednesday’s media roundtable discussion in Budapest hosted by the Millennium Institute: Budapest Beacon: Is it for political or economic reasons that the government is taking over the entire country? Ágnes Urbán: Both. The two go hand in hand. You can debate which plays a greater […]
Several thousand people crowded into Budapest’s Kossuth square Friday evening to join civil activists in calling for a civilized refuge policy