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Dévényi, István

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Heti Válasz - Hungary | 29/10/2014

Symbol of the frustration of the young

The protest against the Internet tax has become a symbol of a disillusioned generation's rejection of the entire political elite, the conservative weekly Heti Válasz comments: "It looks as if the Internet tax will be the first acid test for the Orbán government. The protest movement against the tax is not just about the fact that Hungarian households with Internet access would have to pay a couple of hundred more forint [or a few euros] each month. That's the least of the problems. The Internet tax has become a symbol of the people's dissatisfaction with government policy and an incompetent opposition. The predominantly 20 to 30-year-old demonstrators want to send the following message: Hungary is not a place where you can live a good life right now."

Heti Válasz - Hungary | 22/10/2014

Hungary's Internet tax will hurt users

Hungary's right-wing conservative government has announced plans to introduce an Internet tax in 2015. According to agency reports Internet providers will be made to pay just under 50 cents per gigabyte of called up data. The providers will only pass the bill on to Internet users, the conservative weekly Heti Válasz fears: "Minister for Economic Affairs Mihály Varga tried to reassure Internet users that the providers won't saddle them with the tax, but no one believes him. And that's understandable given that the banks passed the additional costs on to their customers after the bank tax was introduced. ... On top of that the Internet providers will refrain from modernising the Hungarian Internet structure. ... So the governing party Fidesz, which railed against the Internet tax from the opposition in 2008, should abandon the idea as quickly as possible."

Heti Válasz - Hungary | 30/06/2006

The prime minister's web log as news source

Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany writes a blog every day that is not only read by many citizens but is often quoted by the media. According to Istvan Devenyi, political web logs are about to make a breakthrough in Europe, but he adds that governments should not abuse personal Internet diaries by making them their main means of conveying information. "Following the elections, the prime minister's web log came to dominate the government's communication with the country. For two weeks, Ferenc Gyurcsany made no public appearances but instead transmitted the most important information to his citizens via the Internet. This is a convenient communication strategy because it prevents journalists, experts and opposition politicians from asking any awkward questions. In addition to accounts of his dog Toto's latest adventures, the prime minister mentioned in passing how high the household deficit is – something that until then had been kept secret."

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