Thousands protest diminishing press freedom in Hungary

Several thousand people rallied Sunday in Budapest in protest against what they say is conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s campaign to diminish freedom of the press.

The demonstration was called in the wake of last week’s surprise closure of the opposition daily Nepszabadsag.

Speakers at the protest accused Orban of putting pressure on all media not supportive of him. They also alleged that Orban and his close associates were trying to control the media to hide corruption.

Nepszabadsag closed without previous warning from its Austrian owner, who said closure was due to economic losses.

Employees, however, insist that the daily was part of a purchase of several regional newspapers that a media tycoon close to Orban is supposedly buying from the Austrian publisher.

Last update: Sun, 16/10/2016 - 19:48
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