An appeal from the staff of Klubrádió

Dear Friend,

On Monday, 18 February 8:30, another hearing will be held in court room no. 11 of the brand new Ministry of Public Administration and Labour located at 2nd district, Csalogány u. 47-49., 1st floor.

The stakes are very high. Three times, the Budapest High Court of Appeal has made a final decision declaring Klubrádió to be the winner of MHz 95.3 broadcast frequency tender, but the Media Council failed to implement the judgments. Moreover, it waited until changes were made to the Media Law dismissing the previously competent court commission and established a new court for all legal disputes affecting it. This time, a final judgment is made not in the third, but the first instance.

We are absolutely certain of the truth of our claim, which is based on the law. We can hardly imagine a court judgment unfavourable for us. Nevertheless, the whole procedure is completely scandalous.

Your presence at the hearing would help us make it clear that it is not some trivial matter, but a major public issue that is at stake.


The Staff of Klubrádió


Kedves Barátunk,

Február 18-án, hétfőn, hajnali 8:30-kor újabb tárgyalás lesz a vadonatúj Közigazgatási és Munkaügyi Bíróságnak a II. kerület, Csalogány u. 47-49., I. emelet 11. sz. tárgyalótermében.

A tét ugyancsak jelentős. A Fővárosi Ítélőtábla korábban már háromszor hozott olyan jogerős határozatot, amely alapján a Klubrádiónak meg kellett volna nyernie a 95.3 MHz frekvencia használatára kiírt pályázatot, ám a Médiatanács nem hajtotta végre az ítéleteket. Sőt, kivárta (kezdeményezte?) a médiatörvény változását, amely feloszlatta a korábban ítélkező bírói tanácsot és új bíróságot hozott létre a vele kapcsolatos jogvitákhoz. Ezúttal nem harmadfokon, hanem első fokon születik jogerős bírósági ítélet.

Jogszabályokon alapuló igazunkban száz százalékban biztosak vagyunk. Nehezen képzelhető el számunkra kedvezőtlen bírói döntés. De az ítélettől függetlenül is az egész folyamat botrányos.

Jelenléted a tárgyaláson abban segítene sokat, hogy nyilvánvalóvá tegye: nem egy egyszerű tyúkperről, hanem rendkívüli fontosságú közügyről van szó.


A Klubrádió

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Hungarian summary (sorry folks, it is too long to translate it for you here)


If the Media Authority and the Orban government succeeds silencing Klubradio, it will be a
veritable judicial murder of the dying free press in Hungary.


This is a travesty, showing that the government goes after individuals and changes the laws, the constitution, the procedural rules, changes the sitting judges and so on. And they don’t let on for a second.

It is a constant reminder for everyone what yo have to endure if you are standing up for your rights. “You still wanna try? Well, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

But don’t for a second think that this is the only such case in Hungary.


I know this building. I was there a few times. This is not a large building, and the rooms on the 1st floor are very small.

Furthermore, parking is difficult in that area, although lately it is much easier than before, also qua traffic jams.

I believe the Canadian Embassy or something Canadian is next door.

I my opinion, they should tell the public that at 9,00 am in the morning people should honk their horns of their cars. Much more effective.


OT, does anyone know what’s going on at the Airport? Apparently the pipe supplying jet fuel has been blocked. I can’t find a good reference to this but if true that would mean trucking in Jet fuel or jets coming in would need to have enough to get home.. which I believe they do for short haul flights anyways.


OT VO just mentioned during his weekly radio talk that all is well in Hungary and the economy is strong.

Ron, I hate it when people mention these idiotisms even when they mention them critically or sarcastically. Because you also further the discourse of the government. I mean yet another document in Google which contains the message of the government and uses its buzzwords and hooks (catchy words which can be debated, even ridiculed, but which will be used, so they release their dicoursive power). The governmnet just loves, and I have to emphesasise this, if you try to ridicule or debate rationally the imaginary world it created through this triumphal language. Because for the believers these issues are not susceptible to rational argument – your argument may have effect only to those poeple who anyway don’t believe Orbán. But then again, they, hating Orbán, anyway agree with you, so you don’t reach anything by pointing out this instance of idiotism. For the rest (the believers), you just perpetuate and reinforce Fidesz’ imaginary world. The only thing one can do is not to mention the stupidities such as this media bullshit — to remain silent. Only concrete issues, problems should be debated and mentioned as the topics of this blog. But not the stupidities of government (and government related) chatter… Read more »

Benno I have no idea what you are talking about.

If you read this blog, and including the comments and not only today, you know where I and many other people of this blog stand. Our hostess since July 2007 till today wrote and hopefully continue to write very (to put it in your words) concrete issues, debate problems and sometimes come up with solutions.

A few days ago we were criticizing the economic fairy tale. And the aforementioned message of Orban is the reaction.

Unfortunately, this is the only reaction the people of Hungary hear, as many magazines, TV and Radio are in his direct/indirect control. Internationally people in the right places know what is going on.

Dear Ron, Maybe I was not clear. For I do understand your point very well and I do understand where everybody stands. The standpoints are perfectly clear and in fact I agree with your stand point. Having said that, I wanted to call attention to the modus operandi of the Fidesz’ media strategy. Also, although I myself am not an expert in it either, I would like to call attention to Michel Foucault’s ideas on the ‘discourse’ and the concept of ‘power/knowlegde’. The so-called Foucauldian discourse analysis – very important. These are complex ideas, still debated, interpreted. But there are some important conclusions and will attempt to explain a bit. Some people say bad publicity is still useful publicity, right? Celebrities are in the media with emberrassing news too, but that is still useful for them, because it is much more important for them to appear ‘famous’ and ‘admired’ then to be in a potentially embarrassing situation from time to time. Especially as average people will see celebrities as humans and not far away celebrities, average people will see celebrities who also have everyday problems and which celebrities thereby gain sympathy, all the while they remain famous and talked about… Read more »

Apparently postponed until March 5.

Március 5-ére halasztotta az ítélethirdetést a Fővárosi Közigazgatási és Munkaügyi Bíróság hétfőn abban a perben, amelyet a Klubrádió indított a Nemzeti Média- és Hírközlési Hatóság Médiatanácsának egyik határozata ellen.