Translation of “The Transit Zones Are Prisons Where Pregnant Women Are Handcuffed” published on June 12, 2017, by Hungarian online daily Index.hu. The Hungarian government set up transit zones along the border as a place for those fleeing war to request international protection. These transit zones operate as though they are located in a “no man’s land”. […]
Translation of interview with former National Radio and Television Board (ORTT) head and author István Kerékgyártó appearing in 168 óra on June 6th, 2017 under the title “The country is being run by people without any system of values.” “Fidesz very professionally used the loopholes which allowed them to easily deconstruct the democratic institutional system. We can already see […]
San Diego State University’s Dávid Jancsics says today’s Hungary resembles an eastern autocracy thanks in no small part to its “flowering straw man system”.
The Hungarian model dominated by Fidesz is termed crony capitalism by the expert literature. It’s characteristic form is the straw man controlled by politicians initiating the corruption.
“I mourn for Viktor Orbán.” – Gábor Iványi, founder and head, Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood Translation of Péter Cseri’s interview with Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood (MET) leader Gábor Iványi appearing in Hungarian print weekly 168 óra on May 4th, 2017, pp. 22-24) under the title “Impregnable church.” This is not monetary compensation but the price of staying alive, […]
“It is unacceptable for those in power to use state money to foment a mood of civil war. . . . This administration sets off passions which it then must calm through internal and external opposition . . . Since 2002 politics has been about control over EU funds and their distribution, and about which power group […]
Translation of Ágnes Lampé’s article “There is nothing better than a little Soros-ing. How to feed your government media” appearing in the May 4th, 2017 edition of print weekly 168 óra (pp. 11-14). A simple central message, methodical distribution and repetition, repetition, repetition people meaning, with the help of “experts” and “political scientists”. The Habony […]
“We should not obey laws that do not exist. Because supposedly this is a rule-of-law state.” – Miklós Hargitai, chairman, National Alliance of Hungarian Journalists Translation of 168 óra article “The muzzled tabloid press is unstoppable: Every dictator occupies the media” appearing in the May 4th, 2017 edition (pp. 8-10). “Quite a collection” says Ferenc Hammer, […]
“It is a major problem that honorable mayors who have no part in corrupt deals have scarcely any access to funding, because those who award the money have certain expectations about who should be able to submit a bid, who can take part in public procurements, and who can do the implementation work.” – László Köteles, mayor of Komlóska […]
“While every known dictatorship has wanted to control the media, this does not guarantee its success. There are some bloopers. Still it makes it difficult for the opposition to compete.” Translation of “Government messages in tabloid mud: the Habony machine has kicked into high gear” appearing in Hungarian print weekly 168 óra on May 4th, 2017 (p. 7). […]