“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein – refugee from Nazi Germany)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hungary: the dictatorial, anti-Semitic 1930s revived

A protest against the totalitarian methods of Fidesz, again.
A Hungarian Facebook group(1) has initiated a demonstration of solidarity with two Hungarian journalists.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 6:00pm
Hungarian Radio headquarters, Budapest, 1088. Bródy Sándor street 5-7.

... the self-imposed cencorship already works very well, maybe except for Népszabadság. Kossuth Rádió for example has suspended the two moderators Attila Mong and Zsolt Bogár for protesting against the media bill by having a minute of silence on air during their show.(2)
Kossuth Rádió presenter Attila Mong and editor Zsolt Bogár yesterday morning broadcast a minute's silence to protest the media act that Parliament had passed a few hours earlier.

The pair were ordered to the office of new managing director István Jónás and editor-in-chief Ferenc L. Gazsó and suspended from the programme until the case is investigated, although they can continue to work as reporters.
Conservative German daily Die Welt wrote that "in Hungary we can see how quickly a democracy can destroy itself… it is as if a film that was stopped in the dictatorial, anti-Semitic 1930s is now rolling again."(4)
See our Calendar also.
(1) http://www.facebook.com/egyperccsend
(2) 23/12/2010 http://hungaliennation.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-51-minute-of-silence-at-hard-rock.html
(3) http://www.politics.hu/20101222/kossuth-radio-hosts-suspended-for-protest
(4) http://www.politics.hu/20101223/media-outrage-puts-fidesz-on-back-foot

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