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Press Freedom in Hungary: Journalists Protest Manipulation with Hunger Strike - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Hungary's controversial new media law has been massively criticized since it came into force in January of this year. But one group of Hungarian journalists has gone to extreme lengths to protest against what they see as manipulation on Hungarian state television: They have been on hunger strike since Saturday.

OAS_RICH('Middle2'); The action was prompted by a report on the public broadcaster MTV on Dec. 3 that showed the face of a former head of Hungary's Supreme Court, Zoltan Lomnici, blurred out for no apparent reason. The technique is normally used to protect the identity of people facing criminal charges. One of the strikers, Balazs Nagy Navarro, told the news agency AFP that the airbrushing gave the impression that Lomnici was a dubious character.

In an interview with Hungary's Civil Radio that was posted on YouTube, Navarro also gave another example of alleged manipulation at the public broadcaster involving Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a prominent Green member of European Parliament. A news report had been edited so that it looked like Cohn-Bendit had avoided answering a question about his private life, when in fact he had answered it at length. Navarro claimed that the manipulation was because Cohn-Bendit had attacked Prime Minister Orban in the European Parliament.

...On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gabor Elo, the director of Hungary's state news service, had been fired in reaction to the hunger strike. In addition, the editor-in-chief of the state news service, Daniel Papp, who had been responsible for the Cohn-Bendit report, had been transferred to another post. Navarro told the AP on Thursday that he and the other journalists would continue their strike until all the employees responsible had been dismissed.

I mentioned the Cohn-Bendit spin here. The measures against the responsible are something of a first: in spite of the power grab, the powers-that-be now feel insecure.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Dec 16th, 2011 at 02:04:18 PM EST
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The more you grab power, the more confidence will slip through your fingers.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Dec 17th, 2011 at 07:53:32 AM EST
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wow, that is so true, top comment.

even if you get it, its provenance will always eat at you inside.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 17th, 2011 at 08:25:38 AM EST
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You do know that it is a pastiche on a famous StarWars quote? But then again late 70ies appear to have been the highpoint in understanding of power dynamics - see the Chirac diary for 70ies explanation of finance.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Dec 17th, 2011 at 02:43:38 PM EST
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