What is happening in Magyarórszág?
The German newspapers have had very small articles in them over the past few days about Hungary's now holding the Presidency of the EU. They may be small but the ones that I have read have been critical of this country that has taken the Presidency for the very first time.
There is not exactly oppostion to the Presidency from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders, but it appears that there is much criticism from political and industrial allies about the recent laws that have been passed giving the Hungarian Government tight control on reporting in Hungarian newspapers and other media.
I do not regularly read a daily German paper, but last week when I had time for a coffee before work I bought and read, the Nürnberger Nachrichten. Yesterday I read the free Sunday newspaper and today I was given the Nürnberger Zeitung, which I read on the train this lunchtime.
“The leading daily newspaper, Nepszabadsag, marked the new era with a front page declaring, in the EU's 23 languages: "The freedom of the press in Hungary comes to an end."
I wanted to use the front page mentioned here to head this blog but I could not copy it, but you take a look at it here:
“It was joined by the leftwing paper, Nepszava, whose front page was blank. At least three journalists have been suspended over the past week for trying to voice protests on state radio.
I wonder what era will begin now in Hungary, at the same time as the country begins its first six- month stint at the helm of the EU.
Google it, you will find a lot more! Britain is just waking up after the holidays so this is just reaching the British press. Maybe the press in other counttries has not yet turned attention to this either.