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Népszabadság - Hungary | Friday, June 6, 2014

Hungary's state media silent on Lázár case

The chief editor of the Hungarian news portal Origo, Gergő Sáling, was laid off last week after the website published several critical reports about János Lázár, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office. Opposition media believe political pressure was behind the dismissal. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság criticises the silence of the state media on the case of Lázár: "The difference could hardly be more striking: while the financial inconsistencies of a trip abroad by János Lázár are front-page news in the independent media, in the state media they are treated as no more than a marginal detail. ... All news that is uncomfortable for the Orbán government is systematically avoided by the public television. That is not only incomprehensible, it is also unlawful. ... Unfortunately it seems that in Hungary it's not the generously-financed state media that takes it upon itself to inform the public, but news portals like Origo."

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