Foreign Affairs
Hungary: Some 70 journalists resign because of government pressure

In Hungary, three editors and over 70 journalists of an independent newsroom resigned due to what they called government interference which is suppressing free press.

The journalists worked at the Index news website, which is said to be one of the few independent sources remaining in the country.

Tension mounted within some months after Miklos Vaszily, a businessman allied to Prime Minister Orban, had purchased 50% of advertising share and the assets of the company.

Following last month’s warning by chief editor Szabolcs Dull that the newsroom is facing great pressure, he was dismissed earlier this week. Journalists said that they are resigning after the board refused to readmit Dull in his job.

The board’s President denied that the media is at risk, adding that Dull failed to calm tensions at the newsroom.