Népszabadság: From an emblematic paper to memory hole

People have been clamoring for more details about the demise of Népszabadság, Hungary’s leading independent paper. The story is complicated.

András Hont, in an opinion piece that appeared in HVG yesterday, said that “there is something grotesque in the fact that the burial of the former official daily paper of MDP and MSZMP has become the symbol of an attack on press freedom. But a fact remains a fact.” MDP or Magyar Dolgozók Pártja was the official name of Hungary’s communist party, which during the uprising of October 1956 changed its name to MSZMP or Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt. During the Rákosi regime the paper was called Szabad Nép (Free People), and this official organ was so intensely hated that its huge headquarters was practically demolished during the revolution. The new party paper was named Népszabadság (People’s Freedom). For a couple of years the party pretended that Népszabadság had nothing to do with Szabad Nép, but on February 1, 1958 the paper accepted the heritage of its predecessor and proudly displayed its 16 years of existence.

For me, who for years received Népszabadság thanks to my parents who thought I should know what’s going on in Hungary, the very name of the paper sent shivers down my spine. Therefore, after the third republic was declared and I discovered that Népszabadság hadn’t changed its name, I was upset. After a while, however, I was persuaded that Népszabadság was a brand name and a pretty good brand name at that. It had a large subscription base. People were accustomed to it. Although in the first few years a lot of papers came and went, the old well-established papers like Népszabadság, Népszava, Magyar Nemzet, and Magyar Hírlap remained. None of them changed their names, although all of them had to conform to the dictates of MSZMP before 1990.

On October 7, 1989 Népszabadság ceased being the official paper of MSZMP. Shortly afterwards it was sold to Bertelsmann AG and later, in 2003, to the Ringier Group. Throughout, a foundation of MSZP had a 27.65% stake in the paper; the association of the employees had a 1.42% stake. In 2014 Ringier sold Népszabadság to Vienna Capital Partners, which already owned several other newspapers and magazines in Hungary under the name Mediaworks Hungary Zrt, which was described as “the country’s right-wing media establishment.” A year later, in June, the financially strapped MSZP sold its shares to Mediaworks. With that move Népszabadság’s fate was sealed.

Shutting down Népszabadság’s operation doesn’t make the slightest sense in economic terms, especially in light of all the development efforts that had been initiated lately. Management was planning to strengthen the paper’s internet presence. In recent months, it hired many well-known journalists. Moreover, last year the paper actually made a 134 million forint (€440,568) profit, although it is true that in the two previous years it suffered substantial losses. But Mediaworks as a whole certainly wasn’t hurting. Only a month ago it purchased Pannon Lapok Társaság (PLT), which owned Fejér Megyei Hírlap, Napló, Vas Népe, Zalai Hírlap, Dunaújvárosi Hírlap, and several county online news sites.

So, what’s going on? 444.hu offered the most plausible explanation of this high-level maneuvering, most likely by Viktor Orbán himself, to get hold of a large chunk of the Hungarian print and internet media by buying Mediaworks. According to the information 444.hu received, Viktor Orbán had been eyeing the company as a target for some time, but he didn’t want Népszabadság to be part of the deal. Fidesz bigwigs thought that if Népszabadság ended up in the hands of an overtly pro-Fidesz oligarch it would cause too great a scandal. After all, Népszabadság is the emblematic independent paper of Hungary. Therefore, an agreement was reached that the sellers should simply stop the publication altogether before the actual sale of Mediaworks to the chosen Fidesz front man.

To complicate an already complicated story I have to say something about Vienna Capital Partners’ recent purchase of PLT. Isn’t it odd that a private equity company that is in the middle of negotiations to sell a company it owns decides to buy several newspapers to add to the company’s portfolio? Such a move makes sense only if the buyer made this enlargement of the portfolio a condition of the sale. It is common knowledge that Fidesz wants to have influence over regional papers, which are more widely read than the large national dailies. Since the German owner of PLT, Funke Mediengruppe, didn’t want to deal directly with overtly Fidesz companies, Mediaworks did the government a favor for what was undoubtedly good money.

Who is the buyer? There is a good possibility that it is Lőrinc Mészáros through a company established in April that raised €20 million from investors.

I don’t know why the Fidesz leadership thought that the sale of Népszabadság to one of the Fidesz oligarchs would cause a greater scandal than the paper’s liquidation. The international scandal was unavoidable in either case, but the choice of stopping publication and especially denying access to the paper’s internet archives was even more disastrous from the government’s point of view. It has further damaged the reputation of the Hungarian government just before Viktor Orbán, after the failed referendum, tries to convince Jean-Claude Juncker of the correctness of his position vis-à-vis the European Union.

Finally, a few words about the obvious sign of political motives in this case: closing Népszabadság‘s online archives. The government doesn’t want anyone to be able to read even past articles written by the staff of Népszabadság. Viktor Orbán wants to obliterate everything connected with that paper. He wants to change history. He wants to change the past, at least by omission. This calls to mind George Orwell’s memory hole in Nineteen Eighty-Four:

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages; to the left, a larger one of newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

memory-hole

A memory hole is described as “the alteration or outright disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive.” Or as another definition of ‘memory hole’ points out, it is “an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.” Viktor Orbán, if he was the one who came up with the idea to shut down Népszabadság and create a “memory hole,” made a very big mistake.

October 9, 2016

 

 

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Member

THANK YOU EVA!
I have been saying to friends here in the US and Canada, (and a few friends in Hungary) that the viktor creates a virtual World for the Hungarian people within the borders by getting complete control of the media and with it, telling lies only. I also drew parallel with Orwell’s 1984. What is going in in Fidesztán is so similar Orwell’s descriptions, that it is scary.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell – 1984)
It seem that for the majority of the Hungarians, their Past, and especially their Future doesn’t seem to matter very much. They live in the virtual Present created for them, a day at a time. That is the reality for them.

Guest
Continuing the Orwellian theme it should be noted Orban indeed wants things to go down the ‘memory hole’ and for that he has many many Winston Smiths dutifully working for the ‘Party’ to keep the ‘proles’ informed. And they do that by fashioning and conforming messages which eventually go to the vault of ‘history’ to always dovetail to the Party line. In other cases they ‘correct’ disjunctive communication so that communication and Party always speak with one voice. There cannot be any deviation. All for the better to have an organized and controlled amnesia in Magyarorszag when it comes to create correct ‘histories’ either in pictorial, oral, written or digital form. The latter arguably is the most egregious as ‘history’ as data can be deleted and sent through to the Internet ether with the peck of a finger. A whoosh and a century dies. Point to ponder in the creation of ‘history’ as we evolve into a more and more digitized 21st century where the quest for so-called ‘truth’ in history will get further and further away from being achieved. Magyarorszag at this time looks to be a very able laboratory for this dismal activity. No doubt there will be… Read more »
gdfxx
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An interesting web page: http://nol.hu.w3snoop.com/

webber
Guest

Thank you – especially for implicitly changing what you were saying yesterday.

Clearly the Nepszabadsag brand and website were worth something, and could have been sold.

Ferenc
Guest

Thanks, for this.
But one question is this upto date, or from 2007 (a date mentioned on the page).
If appears from 2007, where can we get upto date info about statistics and possible value of nol.hu?

gdfxx
Guest

I am not sure where 2007 came from, it’s not on the page.

syindcate
Guest

It would not surprise me if Fidesz wanted to shut down an opposition newspaper. On the other hand it circulation has been going down from a peak of 460 thousand in 1989 down to 37 thousand in 2016. MSZP would not have sold the paper if it had hit the break even point. One needs to ask if in the age of the internet if we actually need newspaper. Seems like all it was doing was preaching to the converted.

webber
Guest

Nepszabadsag made money last year.
You Fideszniks are getting boring. Each one of you, separately, has come up with the same rational sounding lie about it losing money for the past two days.
Can’t you come up with something else?

Ferenc
Guest

The main question: should political parties have ownership of media???
Seems ín Hungary MSZP (and most other parties) don’t have that anymore, but Fidesz has……………………… and wants to increase it…………………………………

Guest

If anyone knows of a memory hole large enough to accommodate Viktor Orbán himself, please do tell us?

webber
Guest

He’s already in one. It’s called Hungary.

Guest

London Calling!

“The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.
Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”

Eric Arthur Blair may have got the date wrong – but he sure got the circumstances right.

Ferenc
Guest

THANK YOU EVA!! Very very very good post.
And now to all of you who following this, do eveything you can to some proof of an of this (even if it’s the smallest thing) into the open!!!!!

Ferenc
Guest

Here you can watch a “press conference” by the editor-in-chief of Nepszabadsag after meeting (2016.Oct.09) with theowner/publisher of the paper:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwE3lDyeC-k
For my feeling it seems he couldn’t say everything he knew/wanted, as today willl be next their meeting.
First thing which needs to be in the open: who are the people they are speaking with? Same staff as on 2016.Oct.07, or are there new people involved???
Anybody know more? Let it be known to all!!

Ferenc
Guest

After two CEO disappered from Oct.07 to Oct.10, seems the 3rd member, Erika Kálmán is doing the talks (actually MW just changed this on their website, at least the hungarian version, English is still as before 2016.Oct.07)
See http://mediaworks.hu/en/content/managementhttp://mediaworks.hu/hu/content/vezetoseg
According to the Cégkivonat she’s been in MW from 2014.Sep.30, so the start, and also mentioned first (if that means anything).
Link to Cégkivonat (status 2016.Oct.09): http://www.e-cegjegyzek.hu/?cegadatlap/0110047955/TaroltCegkivonat
If anybody here understands these things, please have a look and comment if you see anything peculiar (inpossible relation of last days happenings)
Furthermore http://hvg.hu/kkv/20161011_Nepszabadsageladas_a_szerkesztosegnek_feltetei_vannak_a_Mediaworks_sajnalkozik mentions a new name at MW: Hont Olivér Dániel (nothing official yet)

Ferenc
Guest

PS: on the Hungarian page is still
Murányi András – Főszerkesztő – Népszabadság
So they only quickly changed CEO

Ferenc
Guest

UPDATE: the 3rd CEO in 5 days time is……..Door Tamás (former director of Sales and Marketing), news from http://q.444.hu/k/http%3A%2F%2F444.hu%2F2016%2F10%2F12%2Fmegbizott-vezerigazgato-a-mediaworks-elen (and also on Hungarian newsroom of MW itself)

Ferenc
Guest

What would be good also, if other publishing companies would give statements about the happenings at MediaWorks with Nepszabadsag. They ‘shouldn’t go into the politics, but just give their opinion as fellow publisher.
With other mean international, incl. the former publisher of Nepszabadsag!!!

tappanch
Guest

At least two people, “kecske” (2016. Október. 09, 22:35:03) and “ormester” (2016. Október. 08, 19:18:00) still write in a corner of the Nepszabadsag website.

tappanch
Guest

This is how to find old articles from nol.hu (I will check this out!)

http://google.com
A. write topic in
B. click on the desired link
C. copy the full link of the article

https://archive.org/web/
D. insert it into https://archive.org/web/
E. click “browse history”

http://444.hu/2016/10/10/igy-lehet-ma-elolvasni-a-nepszabadsag-cikkeit-peldaul-a-rogan-antal-helikopterezeserol

tappanch
Guest

Fahrenheit 451

Audio book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFobL33oHHA

1966 movie:

Guest

Excellent reminder. Today it is media getting the once-over. Tomorrow it will be the ‘konyvtarak’. Anything remotely impinging on intellectual discourse will be fair game. And when libraries go… who will be the dedicated repositories of information???? And who will control it?

Ferenc
Guest

With google search “site:nol.hu” and you’ll find all nol.hu urls stored by google, you can specify by adding words to your search, etc.
If you’re lucky to find a by google “cached” (green triangle in search results), you can see a whole page as stored by google, save it, print it (paper or pdf) like you wish. And understand if you don’t that it could be that last time you’ve seen it.

gdfxx
Guest

Thank you for this. I was trying to find it myself since I seemed to remember that all web pages were archived.

uni
Guest

Why didn’t Mediworks try to sell Népszabadsag or its assets like its brand name, archive etc.?

tappanch
Guest

Orban ordered Pacina, in person, to erase Nepszabadsag, its future and its past.

http://nepszava.hu/cikk/1096992-a-nepszabadsagrol-targyal-orban

Ferenc
Guest

Unfortunately it’s rumours only, we must get evidence of things on the table. Actually the Austrian (former) owners name is Heinrich Pecina (from VCP, Vienna Capital Partners).
A search “Heinrich Pecina telefon”, gave me this page http://www.telefonabc.at/telefonbuch/heinrich_pecina
stating only 2 results for Heinrich Pecina in Austria, one of them could be the guy.
Somebody wants to try to contact him?

Ferenc
Guest

Get evidence on the table from Mr.Pecina being/speaking/communicating with OV!!!

webber
Guest

That is the proof that they did it under instructions from government. What they got in return is impossible to say at this point.

tappanch
Guest

Confidential opinion of legal experts:

Matolcsy’s private foundations that use about $1 billion of public money are not really legal.

http://mno.hu/gazdasag/hianyossagok-a-pallas-athene-alapitvanyoknal-1365549

tappanch
Guest

Samizdat 2016, Hungary:

A Nepszabadsag journalist countinues the Matolcsy story.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005756658182

tappanch
Guest

Dress rehearsal, aka October 2 referendum:

More then 50% of the alleged “eligible mail-in ballots” did arrive at the Election Bureau.

More than 41% of these ballots were dropped off AFTER election day.

http://valasztas.hu/hu/ref2016/1135/1135_0.html

tappanch
Guest

Will Turkey open the floodgates for refugees & migrants from November 1?

http://444.hu/2016/10/10/novembertol-vagy-a-menekultek-vagy-a-torokok-jonnek-korlatok-nelkul

Total number that were able to get out of Turkey to Greece between April 1 and October 9,

2015: 2300 /day
2016: 86 /day

Source: UNHCR

tappanch
Guest

Subscribers of Nepszabadsag have received a note about the discontinuation (NOT suspension) of the newspaper.

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tappanch
Guest
tappanch
Guest

Aus für ungarische Oppositionszeitung:

Am Grab der Pressefreiheit –

derstandard.at/2000045612918/Aus-fuer-Ungarns-Oppositionszeitung-Am-Grab-der-Pressefreiheit

tappanch
Guest

More news from the journalists of Nepszabadsag:

https://www.facebook.com/nepszabadsagszerkesztoseg

tappanch
Guest

Hungarian “Parliament” today.

Journalists from 444.hu are banned from the building.

http://444.hu/2016/10/10/kitiltottak-a-parlamentbol

MPs from DK party will not participate in the charade unless Orban wants to modify the “basic laws”.

Orban wants to modify his own “basic laws” for the seventh time within a week or two.

Geppo
Guest

I’ve been living in bpest for seven months with the hungarian side of my family to help them getting ‘reorganized’ to keep up with the new economical development needs and eventually have my hungarian speaking children ready to move to hungary ( in hungary there are already 28000 italian firms or owned by italians living here).
Honestly i didn’t get the impression of an orwellian situation and the people i met seemed rather well connected to europe as for info.
Some work part time in germany or austria. Some have relatives in france or italy.
The bricklayer i helped working in the family flat could speak fluent german and was well aware of the foreign perception of the hungarian situation because he’ s commuting. The artisans meet regularly with the german or italian representatives of the companies they buy or sell their products.
Probably most of the people writing on this interesting website are expats and are underestimating the people here.
Hungarian people are quite special and peculiar but not as naive as some seem to think.

webber
Guest

Geppo
Quite a few of us here live in Hungary and speak Hungarian. I take it you don’t.

webber
Guest

P.S. If you go to Moscow, and have a lot of money, you can have a really great time. You’ll meet some wonderful people. Would you say this means there is democracy in Russia?
Svegliati!

Guest

Re: ‘Hungarian people are quite special and peculiar but not as naive as some seem to think’

I wish you the best there in your endeavors. But it would seem as you come in through the ‘front door’ some Magyars are taking a hike through the ‘back’ one. Perhaps a chat would be in order to get another perspective on the Magyar scene?

tappanch
Guest

The situation is as normal as in Mussolini’s Italy cca 1932.

tappanch
Guest

Correction:
By 1929, Mussolini restricted who can vote (for his party).

So Italy of 1924, when he got 60.1% (not yet 98%) of the votes and
66.4% of the seats in Parliament.

Reality Check
Guest

I do live part-time in Hungry and fluently speak and read Hungarian. I have to agree that I do not think the stereotype of Hungarians being totally clueless is true. The fact that 60% did not vote in the referendum is testimony to this. Many Hungarians, still have memories of life under communism and therefore have developed some reasonably good BS detectors. What Hungarians feel they do not have are alternate choices that are meaningful.

I am not sure how you measure political gullibility. Have sociologists and political scientists tackled developing a reliable metric for this? If such a metric does exists, I am not sure Hungary would come out too far below the US, where about 40% support a serial liar for President.

Guest

Re: ‘Many Hungarians, still have memories of life under
communism and therefore have developed some reasonably good BS detectors. What Hungarians feel they do not have are alternate choices that are meaningful’

Or perhaps they are overwhelmed by the myriad choices available to them? In a sense they can try anything they want. The experience with communism should have given them the impetus. Looks to me it’s a matter of confidence in making selections.

Arguably individuals who cede their autonomy to a ‘power’ walk a precarious line when it comes to achieving some sort of self-fulfillment. With political gullibility and say responsibilities of individuals who are being governed the two should be in equilibrium. If they are at extremes then there has to be some sort of abdication of intelligence/analysis when it comes to assessing ‘realities’ of political situations.

petofi
Guest

@ Reality Check

No, the Hungarians are not gullible. They like to present a simplistic face in order to seem innocent of the machinations of Fidesz which many of them support.

As for Trump and his support…If he wins, I hope all Americans will understand that the fault lies with the terminally ambitious Hillary, and the Democratic powers who helped her beat Sanders; because, as many knew, Sanders versus Trump would’ve been no contest.

webber
Guest

Petofi, Trump will not win. Give it a rest, will ya?

webber
Guest

P.S. “Terminally ambitious Hillary…”
So, the other candidates for the presidency were not ambitious? What a phrase! Get real, will you. Every candidate is “terminally ambitious.” They wouldn’t have entered the race if they weren’t.

Ferenc
Guest

Geppo, during your stay in Budapest, did you may have noticed big blue billboards with “Tudja?” on top.
I understand you don’t speak Hungarian, so if you were wondering what information you missed, have a look here:
http://messagesfromhungary.blogspot.com/
As stated on that blog, these billboards were provided by the Hungarian government, interested in your opinion bout this.
Would you like to live in a country where this sort of behavious of the government seems normal political business.

petofi
Guest

@ Zeppo

No, Hungarians are not naive. But they consider, and ‘play’ everyone else as being so. You are presently being given the treatment. It’ll take some attention to detail on your part to find the Hungaricoes out. And it’ll take you some time because you have been more than half charmed into falling for their act.

tappanch
Guest

New law: today submitted, tomorrow accepted.

We will not learn in the future which company gives how much to Orban’s soccer team or which company gets special tax deals from the government.

These will become top secrets, like so many other things in this country.

http://444.hu/2016/10/10/soha-tobbet-nem-tudhatjuk-hogy-ki-tao-zik-a-felcsutnak

tappanch
Guest

If a company (foreign or domestic) gets a special tax deal from the Hungarian government (e.g. lower % than established in the tax law), this will be secret. (Think of the GE windfall income last year, which was taxed in Hungary and gave $2 billion extra money Orban to waste)

tappanch
Guest

Perhaps this is behind the surprising deficit data for September. Another big multinational company might have chosen to be taxed in Hungary in return for preferential tax treatment. The Orban government will make the deal retroactively legal and secret at the same time with this new law.

Geppo
Guest

I don’t speak hungarian so i just spoke to students or working people with work experience abroad but i got the impression that when the hungarian people decide to get rid of the present governament they are quietly bur quickly going to do it.
If we could have a better and wiser european leadership it could be easier.

tappanch
Guest

The next election will be rigged more than the 2014 election was. (How did Orban obtain the extra vote to get the 2/3 majority? He used this 2/3 to change the Budapest election law between May and September 2014)

The Election Bureau & Commission are designed to have a Fidesz super majority. Anything is permitted to Fidesz, nothing to the opposition. More than 150,000 imported votes arrived in 2016.

Guest

“when the hungarian people decide to get rid of the present governament they are quietly bur quickly going to do it.”

Are you commenting from Mars?

Observer
Guest

In Stalinist times it was the same method – there was no NOL and e-archives, but book volumes were recalled by the tens of thousands for change of text and pictures.

My impression is that following the defeat in the referendum Orban has spurred his minions and now they are in a hurry laying the roof tiles on the fascist state structure.

Istvan
Guest
Eva I am glad you touched on Vienna Capital Partners. VCP was suspected of fronting for Gasprom (i.e. Putin’s SVR operation) in the purchase of BorsodChem which Népszabadság exposed, the government of Hungary actually investigated this and in 2001 Népszabadság was forced to retract its claim. Austria has long been a favorite country for Russian commerce, banking, and espionage activities. Austrian police sources have repeatedly stated that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) maintains its largest European station in Vienna. Although Heinrich Pecina is the senior partner in VCP because of what is called the hidden Treuhand there could in fact be Russian partners in VCP that are hidden from view. A Treuhand is created when a person, the Treuhänder (equivalent to a trustee), is given authority to exercise rights over assets in his or her own name, under a binding agreement with another person, the Treugeber. A Treuhand can exist without any written record, and both Treugeber and Treuhänder may choose not to inform third parties of their arrangement. If one or several of Putin’s oligarchs is in on VCP then doing the favor to Orban of liquidating Népszabadság without compensation makes more sense, because Orban will make sure… Read more »
Geppo
Guest

The ruling party always tries to change electoral laws in order to get an advantege.
In italy the left wing governament flatly stated that they can’t find a new electoral law that can give them an advantage against the 5stars party even if they control most newspapers and almost all tvnetworks.
They are discussing different solutions but we still have no electoral law.
In the end they will have to accept what the majority of the people decide.

webber
Guest

Geppo – best to be a bit quiet for awhile, until you understand what is going on. There is no comparison here with the situation in Italy, though there is one Hungarian-Italian historian with the monogram SB who might try to convince you that there is. He is a Fidesz man – tried and true to the Party.

Guest

“The ruling party always tries to change electoral laws in order to get an advantege.”

Possibly this is true in all countries on Mars. On Earth there are many countries – the best and happiest – whose politicians stick to fair play.

Member

In any case not in the Scandinavian countries.

Member

This latest outrage on freedom, honesty and decency by Orban — just one of a growing litany of such Orbanian abominations being witnessed mutely, without protest, by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences — has at last prompted me to do what I had been contemplating for some time, and should have done long ago: I resigned my external membership of the Academy on October 8.

My shamefully late gesture was prompted by the initiative of Professor Thomas Jovin of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry who resigned a few hours before I did.

I hope all external members whose consciences are dearer to them than their CVs will do likewise.

webber
Guest

MTA did not just sit in mute witness. Its President from 2008-2014, J. Pálinkás, is an active participant in the dismantling of democracy. He has long been a Fidesz man. Pálinkás actively assisted in the government takeover of MTA holdings and funds, which has led to the government occupation of MTA buildings in the Castle District. Pálinkás weakened the word of members of the Academy, and strengthened the role of the government in controlling the institution (the same has happened to all universities in Hu.) Pálinkás was so effective as an agent of Fidesz in gutting MTA and limiting members’ freedoms that he was called Gauleiter behind his back by MTA members. As a reward for his services to Fidesz, Pálinkás got the following position in government: http://nkfih.gov.hu/hivatal/elnok/dr-palinkas-jozsef-elnok

Pálinkás’s successor, Lovász, heads an institution with barely a shred of autonomy.

webber
Guest

Your CV just started to look better, to me. It had a stain on it before.

Guest

Kudos, Stevan.

Kővágó
Guest

The next thing is the nationalization (before privitizing it to Strohmen) of the billboard business. Which of course means control over billboards.

Basically rural voters cannot be reached by the opposition. There is no media format which could give its politicians access (no, Hungary is not the US, rural people don’t use internet most of the major sites are also controlled by Fidesz).

Member

Beforehand the election in 2018 it’s logical to shut down the free media. Who’s next? 168ours is a bold candidate. So is even Klubradio. Look at who is the owner of these media? What is the connection to OV? ATV is already made harmless .

Lőrinc
Guest

Guys,

What this article says, it is simly untrue. The Népszabadság is a simply newspaper, purchased by about 32.000 persons each days.
In Hungary, we are about 10.000.000.
And other thing, it was not our prime minister who closed this newspaper.
The owner of the newspaper decided to shut it down.

Ferenc
Guest

Sorry, but it is/was the biggest selling serious daily newspaper in Hungary (with serious I mean not considering Blikk etc.).
And who really stopped Nepszabadsag in publishung and will in the future own MediaWorks has to be very seriously investigated. and monitored.

kondi
Guest

Dude, why didn’t the owners want to make some money like normal owners do? Like sell Népszabadsag to somebody, maybe to the journalists?

Why did the famous money launderer Austrian have to shut the paper down when in 2015 the paper made a profit and was otherwise investing in its future even in the last months?

Such shut downs are very rare in Hungary or anywhere, there are usually always some strategies implemented to try to keep the operations going (to save the jobs) like making a weekly out of the daily, separating the internet page etc.

This move was ordered from high above just to make people understand that Orban may have lost the referendum but he is still the top dog. The liberals were carried away a bit by the referendum results, this is a reminder that they shouldn’t be.

Istvan
Guest

Because some of the owners may have been Putin’s boys, see my earlier post about Vienna Capital Partners ( VCP ). Don’t worry they will get double their losses back by Fidesz providing insider deals.

Guest

“This move was ordered from high above just to make people understand that Orban may have lost the referendum but he is still the top dog.”

No. Orban closed down the paper because its unravelling of Fidesz corruption was becoming dangerous to him. He is in mortal fear of loosing power.

Ferenc
Guest

Spot on, Kondi.
Thanks, much better reply than what I produced.

Member

I am not sure if anyone posted this. You can read the last 15 years of NOL (Nepszabadsag) here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/nol.hu
I hope some organization has the will and the means to download, preserve and republish all the pages!

http://web.archive.org/web/*/nol.hu

tappanch
Guest

thank you !

Guest

Hey! tappanch?

If you need any assistance with, say, a three terabyte external hard drive for your ‘Library of Congress Tappanch’, I’d be happy to help out by sending you one.

Ferenc
Guest

Just found this interesting article (published 2016.Aug.31, so may be posted here before) about Fidesz and Hungarian media, incl.than imagined possible outcomes of Nepszabadsag: http://politicalcritique.org/cee/hungary/2016/fidesz-set-to-increase-its-control-of-hungarian-media/

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