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Dozens of Journalists Quit Hungary’s Largest Independent News Site Amid Gov’t Crackdown on Press

HeadlineJul 27, 2020

In Hungary, over 70 journalists — almost the entire editorial staff — of Index, the country’s largest online independent news outlet, resigned Friday following the removal of its editor-in-chief. The news deals a major blow to press freedom in Hungary, which has been under attack by authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party. Earlier this year, a powerful businessman and ally of Orbán bought 50% of Index’s advertising agency. Protesters took to the streets Friday to defend press freedom.

András Bezzeg: “We came to protest because another independent news portal has fallen victim to Fidesz. And I don’t like this. This is why I came. There is hardly any free press left.”

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