Hungary - Protest against overnight closure - October 31, 2016

Around 2,000 citizens protested in Budapest following the closure of the country’s leading leftist newspaper, Népszabadság (People’s Freedom). The paper’s owner company Mediaworks, owned by Austrian firm Vienna Capital Partners, unexpectedly announced on 8 October 2016 that it would suspend both the print and online editions. The executive co-chairman of Hungarian Press Union (HPU) said that ‘The closure of the newspaper is a violation of media freedom and a violation of labour rights.’  Mediaworks said the paper was operating at a ‘considerable’ loss and struggled with dropping circulation. But civil rights groups said the newspaper had been shut down because it had published critical items against the government. Two weeks later it became clear that a close collaborator of the government purchased Mediaworks Hungary. Critics fear that this is another contribution to the steady decline of media freedom.

English: http://www.ifj.org/nc/news ...  

http://budapestbeacon.com/media-issues/guess-just-bought-mediaworks ...  

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