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Thousands of protesters marched by central Budapest in help of journalists at Hungary’s most-read information web site, Index. Dozens of journalists resigned over the sacking of its editor-in-chief earlier this week. His dismissal has raised concern that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist authorities is intensifying its effort to muzzle important voices. Is press freedom in hazard in…..(read more)

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39 Comments

  1. Pajovic Aleksandar

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    what's the catch with taht stupidity with masks which do not protect like as a broken condom

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  2. Buci

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Index sucked anyways

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    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

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  4. ez a nevem

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Independent and index is two very different things.
    It's okay if someone is leftist but at least don't call yourself independent.
    I hate that all conservative and right wing prime ministers are "dictators".
    I don't like Orbán but he is clearly not a dictator.

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  5. Randall Bermudez

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Viktor Orban is a dictator in hungary that jail's and kill's opposition in hungary.

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  6. Jakab Iksz

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Just to be clear, index was never, ever independent media, even before the change of government in 2010. It was always a leftish speaking tube continuesly attacking the conservative ones, the government and everything, which is national. Ironically they were financially supported by the recent rightish government over the last ten years as at now.

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  7. That Cool Kid Chris

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Twenty years ago—I was a foreign exchange student in Budapest and also Szeged. I had the best time of my life.

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  8. Mohamed Faliq

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    it seems they are HUNGRY for press freedom. ok ill leave

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  9. Daniel The Great

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Most funniest word:"independent"😂😂😂
    Index were connected to dk.

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  10. Daniel The Great

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Only lies, nothing more

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  11. Anacleto Cazar

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Beckesaba city in Europe is not social distancing they are on the public plaza watching dance on stage wow courageous crowd ! not minding covid -19 protocols.

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  12. Pawan Sharma

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    India needs too

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  13. Green2Stay Eco SWD Marketing Network

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Welcome to the world!

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  14. antonia banoczi

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Justin Pike. Im surprised that the Hungarian government did not kicked You out from Hungary. DW is lying as usual.

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  15. i Bank

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I am sure Orban does the best for his nation.
    Most of media are working in interest of businesses therefore you can not grant objectivity.
    Most of media work as an extended secret service, and their working tool is telling half-true; lies, not informing or informing in some tendency and timing.
    In all countries is secret service under sharp control and monitor, why not media?
    There should some regulation to put on media.
    Media should have some proper license to be measured somehow by government agency.

    Electrician has license.
    Therefore, media should have even more strict regulation, control by government because can kill more people than electrician.

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  16. MrLaci0110

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    One thing about privately owned media outlets : they were not, are not and will not be free. They are owned and told what to say how to say and what not to say.. ewerywhere in the world.

    State media is goverment controled in an objective looking coat..

    I wonder why german DW does not mention a single word about the owners of the most viewed TV channel in Hungary(RTL Club)..
    I guess that would expose the power structure of the hungarian media market to some light..and in that light people would be able to see who has overhwelming control over the most influecial sector of the hungarian media market..(german "private" share holders).
    I am sure DW is not free enough say a word about RTL club

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  17. Jonathan Williams

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Everything I’ve seen points to the left as the threat to press freedom
    But I’m not Hungarian so maybe things are different there

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  18. Antalné Gáspár

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    In Hungary, the state cannot interfere in the affairs of a privat press,even if it is not independent.

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  19. Barna Wichmann

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    There is no independent media doesn’t exist, hence people socialized different ways, etc. About freespeach: you can see from the comments that in the minute you find somebody who doesn’t have the same idea about something you say intermediately he/she is completely wrong, and fascist, etc. This is not conversation this is not freedom, since you are the one who obstruct conservation. By the way, if you were to study a little, what means fascist might realize it, that you are the person who behave like a fascist because you don’t even allow room for discussion.

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  20. Ray

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Very disappointed that (most) Eastern Europe is losing its freedom again.

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  21. Fractal Man

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    And eff off to all these wanna be non white Germans.

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  22. SuperMorni

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Happening all around the world.. in India there is no awareness even for this..

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  23. pink panther

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    The assuring part is the Hungarians' stand against the authoritarian element. This is democracy at work. More power to them. Had it been in my country India, many people would have started trolling the concerned editor and journalists instead of criticizing the regime, and the other half would have careless. Hero-worshipping compounded by religious fanaticism is a menace that is threatening the very idea of India and the values enshrined in the constitution of India. We are being plagued by a false belief and narratives that India is already a superpower without realising the ground reality and the eroding of the concept of the rule of law. Many were seduced & blinded by the onslaught of theatrics & manufactured info via media channels colloquially known as 'Godi Media' that are sponsored and pushed by the dispensation under Narendra Modi.

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  24. EmBonS

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Ok leftist

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  25. Tee Carter

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Checks and balances. Without independent, courageous and unbiased journalism, influencers can literally "make their own weather."

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  26. R Kumar

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Same thing is happening in many democratic nation nowadays. Everywhere press freedom is being muzzled in the name of nationalism.

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  27. Beyonder

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Thas what happens when Right wing takes over and consumes the states

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  28. Teddy Kiefer

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Why would anyone quit being a journalist if they’re worried about not being able to be journalists?? That doesn’t make any sense. But at least there’s enough to start their own company and not worry about being fired as long as they don’t quit doing what’s so important they’ll protest for after quitting…🤔🤷‍♂️ Still doesn’t make sense

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  29. Stanky Stanky

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Look at the patern of protests, every country that doesn't folow EU dictatorship will get some sort of acusations and protests just to get rid of them and replace them with people that will obey Brusel dictatorship

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  30. Miklós Szabó

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Not sure if it's worse than media sheiks funding politician's campaigns. Private individuals buying up corporations has always been a thing and we don't know the reason the chief editor was fired. I'd be more curious about that.

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  31. Dea Culpa

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Hungarians go on protesting! We are with you! Nice greetings from 🇦🇹 Austria!

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  32. Jennifer Gallagher

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    That's rich, marxists complaining about freedom of the press.

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  33. Hun Guy

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    The question was asked what is your tipping point when it comes to Hungary? The simple historical answer to this question is when the Anglo Saxon Powers Truncated Hungary after World War 1 by the loss of 72% of it's territories and 60% of its population, compared to the loss of 14% of German land losses and 4% of population losses. Thereby making Hungary the single one nation to be Responsible for the outbreak and the whole conduct of the First World War. Secondly when again the same powers assigned Hungary to the murderous and dictatorial Soviet Sphere of influence after World War 2 and finally by the betrayal of the 1956 Hungarian uprising when in fact they actually promoted the idea without actually following it up with military assistance. These are the main tipping points to this day in Hungary. The editor of this program ignores the fact that 450,000 people took part in a Peace March to support the Orbán Regime only some years ago. The simple fact is there is no covid – 19 in Budapest yet the EU and the Western Press still managed to complain about that. Hungary does enjoy press freedom compared to previous regimes. The current complaint refers to a private business transaction or takeover which has nothing to do with press freedom or Government policy of the day. At long last private enterprise is playing it's part in building the Hungarian economy.

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  34. roswitus

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    DW News lives in a glass house while throwing stones at those who don't report 'objectively'.

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  35. Radioactive Detective

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Overall, all over the world, in myriad ways in different countries, we r fighting authoritarian and far right politics and policies, and during a pandemic.
    Standing in solidarity with all the mass protests and movements. May our solidarity and spirit continue to inspire and encourage one another.
    ✊🌎🌏🌍✌

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  36. Mark Simpson

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    The big question ! Why did he get fired ? Let’s be clear on that first !

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  37. Mark Simpson

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Let’s hope it’s not like the bbc

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  38. Capital Dude

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Viktor Orban is nearing the level of kleptocracy. Best to just step down.

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  39. Mr. Nobody

    October 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    viktor orban is a dictator pls help…..

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